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NNLM PSR Reading Club Kit

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The NNLM Reading Club is a “ready-to-use” fiction and nonfiction book list and health information resource. The Reading Club is designed to offer a program-in-a-box to help raise awareness about NNLM programs and to help libraries support health literacy and the health information needs in their communities. The book kits can be used in conjunction with selected National Health Observances or at any time during the year. New titles are coming every month; here is a list of recent topic areas and available reading club titles:

January - Substance Misuse

  • Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J Krosoczka
  • Dreamland by Sam Quinones
  • Blackout by Sarah Hepola

February - American Heart Month, Heart Health

  • The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
  • The Open Heart Club by Gabriel Brownstein
  • State of the Heart by Haider Warraich, MD
  • Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
  • Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg
  • This Heart of Mine: a Novel by C.C. Hunter

May - Mental Health Month

  • Everything Here is Beautiful: A Novel by Mira T. Lee
  • Rx: A Graphic Memoir by Rachel Lindsay
  • Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love by Zack McDermott
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney

June - LGBTQ Pride Month

  • Little & Lion: A Novel by Brandy Colbert
  • Mama's Boy: A Story from Our Americas by Dustin Lance Black
  • This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

July - Disability Awareness and Health

  • Switched On by John Elder Robison
  • Every Note Played: A Novel by Lisa Genova
  • Tough As They Come by SSG Travis Miles

August - National Immunization Awareness Month

  • On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Bliss
  • Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism by Peter Hotez
  • The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

September - Healthy Aging

  • Elderhood by Louise Aronson
  • Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen​

October - National Health Literacy Month

  • An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • How to be a Patient by Sana Goldberg, RN
  • Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health by Sandro Galea

November - Family Health History Month

  • Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • There Is Something About Edgefield: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy and Genetic DNA by Edna Gail Bush and Natonne Elaine Kemp
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs
  • She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer

December - HIV/AIDS Awareness Month

  • The Great Believers: A Novel by Rebecca Makkai
  • Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 by MK Czerwiec
  • When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones

A standard NNLM Reading Club Book Kit includes:

  • 8* books, regular print **
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of Us Research Program brochures
  • 8 reading club book bags
  • 1 library book bag
  • additional materials relevant to the specific topic

* Quantity may vary by region.
** When available, alternative formats such as large print and audio may be substituted upon request.

Kits can be used as part of a library-led book discussion, or the kit can be added to the collection for circulation. Some libraries build additional health programming around the topic. We would love to hear how you use your kit!


Any library in the Pacific Southwest region that is a member of the Network of the National Library of Medicine is eligible to apply and to receive one NNLM Reading Club Book Kit. Due to the limited supply of the NNLM Reading Club Book Kits, libraries that support outreach to vulnerable populations as identified in the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research criteria receive priority status. Learn more about free membership on the NNLM PSR Members page.

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kits are made available with federal funds from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NIH All of Us Research Program. By submitting an application and receiving the kit as a mini-award, you agree to promote NLM resources and raise awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program by distributing the included handouts, bookmarks and brochures. A couple of months after receipt of the book kit, you also will be asked to complete a short survey about the NNLM Reading Club. For replenishing the handouts, materials are available for free download and on request. For questions about the kit or to order additional materials, please contact psr-nnlm@library.ucla.edu.

Request a Kit

To apply and see videos, resource guides and materials to accompany the book kits, visit the NNLM Reading Club page at https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/nnlm-reading-club.