Summer Health Programming
Blast off! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading!
A Universe of Stories is coming to public libraries this summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Explore DNA and family history, make stardust, discover astronaut food, and more with our science programs for kids, teens, and adults.
Check out the NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual for program guides. Inside you will find:
- We Are All Made of Stardust: The atoms in all of our bodies and on Earth, came from stars that exploded across the galaxy a long, long time ago. Activities include instructions on making stardust playdoh and calming swirling stardust jars.
- Bubbles in Space: Astronauts conduct all sorts of fun experiments while they are on the International Space Station. Join in on the fun! See how bubbles react differently in space then they do on Earth by watching the NASA video of bubbles on the space station, then create your own bubbles here on Earth!
- Incredible, Edible, DNA: Citizen Science at the Library! Explore and map DNA with a candy activity or scale up and submit a project to Genes in Space for astronauts to test in space! Some of the experiments developed by students are selected and are taken to the International Space Station.
- Food in Space: What do the astronauts eat during the time they live in space? Astronauts eat the same foods in space that they [and we] do on earth. But preparation is much different! Consider making a “space” meal in place of another cooking program!
- Your Family, Your History, Your Health: The Kelly twins are the only identical twin astronauts in history. And identical twins have the same genetic code. NASA scientists found this to be an excellent research opportunity to study the genes of twins. This program explore family history and genetics. Excellent tie in with any genealogy organizations in your area!
Additional Guides and Webinars
Don’t miss MAR’s Program Ideas and Guides page which includes programs-in-a-box, program ideas, and other resources for ideas and inspiration for public libraries and community based organizations.
To learn more health programming, summer library programs, and the Library Moon Walk, check out these upcoming webinars below:
Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community
This one hour webinar will focus on health program ideas, guides, and resources for libraries and community/faith based organizations.
March 19, 2019
3:00PM - 4:00PM ET
Boost Box: Summer Library Programming and Library Moon Walk
This one hour webinar will explore the NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual and feature librarians from the Library Moon Walk. Guest speaker: Lois Gordon, Mohawk Valley Library System.
April 2, 2019
3:00PM - 4:00PM ET
Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources
This one hour webinar will explore resources and activities surrounding astronaut health - where space and health collide!
April 23, 2019
11:00AM - 12:00PM CT
Contact your Regional Medical Library for more information about trainings, programs, and funding opportunities.
For feedback and questions about the summer reading initiative, please contact Michael Balkenhol.