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Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement

Class Details

Update 4/1: In addition to summer reading, we will look at how public libraries are responding to service reductions and closures during the COVID-19 Crisis with virtual engagement and programming opportunities. We will explore unique programs as well as resources you can easily replicate or share with your patrons.

For a second year, the Network of the National Library of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading!

For 2020, the slogan is Imagine Your Story with a theme of fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy. We have written program plans with ideas for fairy tale nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, tooth fairy dental health storytime, and more. Full program plans are posted online now!

During this one hour webinar, attendees will be introduced to small and large health programming ideas that can be used for Summer Reading 2020 and beyond. Intended for those who work in public libraries, but open for all to attend.

The webinar will be recorded and all registrants will be notified by email when the recording, slides, and handouts are available.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Apr 7, 2020
3:00PM - 4:00PM ET
Michael Balkenhol, MLIS, Health Programming Coordinator serving NY, NJ, DE, & PA
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
This class is now closed to registrants.

This course will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. Examples of programs for children, teens, adults and seniors using NLM and other National Institutes of Health center and office resources will be shared.

Additional Materials:

Health Outreach and Programming Class Guide


This presentation provides an overview of planning health programs for organizations incorporating resources from the National Library of Medicine. By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Locate county level information on health needs within their community
  • Locate relevant NLM consumer health resources for specific target populations
  • Identify organizations for health outreach partnerships
  • Outline a potential health outreach or health program for their organization