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Good Debt, Bad Debt

Posted By Mark Hudson, Monroeville Public Library, 412-372-0500 x13, hudsonm@einetwork.net, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Saturday, September 12, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

0

Partnership

Contact the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Speaker's Bureau and ask them to put you in touch with a local CPA to speak at your library.
Be sure to publicize the program widely via local media (print and online).

Description

CPA Wil Stunkel of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Speaker's Bureau gave a presentation and led an informative discussion about the types of debt that can help you and the types that are only a burden from a financial perspective. Attendees learned how to use good debt to improve your financial situation, avoid bad debt and whenever possible lessen its bite.

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Speaker's Bureau - provided the speaker.

Tags:  Adults  Children  Financial  Teens 

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Grandparents Soiree

Posted By Laureen Maloney, Lackawanna County Children's Library, 570-348-3000, lmaloney@albright.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Saturday, September 12, 2015

Library Type

Public

Description

We have a large number of grandparents who bring their grand children to library programs. In particular grandmothers. We thought it would be nice to have a thank you soiree for them in appreciation for their dedication and love for their children. I asked a few of the grandmother if they would be interested in a "night out" to get together without the grandchildren. They loved the idea. So we had a "Nana's Night Out" with a dessert pot-luck. We had our first evening in August before the grandparent routine started up again. The grandmothers baked, the library provided drinks and the room. We had 5 grandmother come and had the best time. Topics included grandchildren and children of course but that lead to other topics such as politics, education, Obamacare, morality, religion and .... tapioca, what is it made from! As the reference grandma , I ran upstairs to get my laptop did reference at the desert table. This lead to questions and discussion about e-books vs. "real" books. The pros and cons. Nook vs Kindl vs tablet.How to upload and download which lead to our library products and services like Overdrive, Zinio , Mango, Ancestry.com and how to use them. By the end of the evening Dottie said she was going to put together another evening and bring more Grammies. It was an amazing group of women!

Tags:  Adults  Civic & Social 

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Hands on Health Trunks

Posted By Pamela Murphy, Northeast Library District, pmurphy@albright.org, 570-348-3000, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

$8,800 was what we spent from the grant. You could do something similar for a lot less depending on what you wanted to use in the trunk and on the size of your library.

Partnership

Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Marywood University
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

Description

The Northeast Library District received an LSTA Grant to equip three Hands on Health trunks: Children's Fitness & Nutrition, Adult Fitness & Nutrition, and Healthy Choices Cancer Awareness. We partnered with the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Marywood University. We took their suggestions when we bought items for the trunks. We focused on items that were hands-on and could be manipulated. For the Fitness & Nutrition trunks we bought a lot of healthy, right-size portions play food sets, tubes of "How much...fat, fiber, salt, sugar" in different foods and other relevant objects. For the Healthy Choices Cancer Awareness trunk we bought right-size portion play food sets and objects related to breast cancer and lung cancer, the two cancers we focused on. We producted marketing materials in-house and included flyers that could be personalized for programs and bookmarks in each trunk. We encouraged libraries to display the trunks and schedule programs with out partners or partners of their own.

One of the district libraries had the Adult Fitness & Nutrition trunk on display and had a program with a nutritionist from a local hospital. This nutritionist was so impressed with the objects in the trunk that she borrowed several items for a program she was having at the hospital.

Tags:  Adults  Health 

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Health Information Access Project

Posted By Mary Ann Heltsche-Steinhauer, Library System of Lancaster County, 717-207-0500 ext. 1222, mheltsche@, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Type

Public

Partnership

Our community partners were all four county hospitals (Lancaster General, Ephrata Community Hospital, Lancaster Regional Medical, and Heart of Lancaster) and United Way of Lancaster County. All partners provided input through their areas of expertise in the development of the Health Information Web Portal’s content and usability. Each of the hospitals and the United Way to some extent provided access to their speakers’ network whereby health practitioners would offer free health/wellness programming at public libraries upon request.

Description

The Health Information Access Project, which is a Public Library initiative in partnership with Lancaster County Hospitals/Health Care Providers and United Way of Lancaster County, is designed to provide reliable health information to Lancaster County residents in a variety of forms. The project components include an online web portal for reliable health information; programming provided by Lancaster County Hospitals; collection enhancement of circulating books on consumer health/wellness at public libraries and hospital health libraries; and printed information in the form of flyers, brochures, etc. that are distributed throughout the county at public libraries, hospitals and other designated locations.
The Health Information Access Project involves these basic concepts: web portal to Health Information Network, training sessions for reference staff, collection development for library materials on topics of health and wellness, health/wellness programming at public libraries, and health information print materials.
Recognized in Institute of Museum and Library Services’ national publication in 2009,

Tags:  Children  Health 

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Health Information Network Web Portal

Posted By Mary Ann Heltsche-Steinhauer, Library System of Lancaster County, 717-207-0500 ext. 1222, mheltsche@, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Type

Public

Description

Library System of Lancaster County Health Information Network is a Web Portal that contains many reliable links to reliable and current health information. Creation and design of the Web Portal was a collaborative effort between the Library System and all of the community partners: Lancaster General Hospital; Lancaster Regional Medical Center; Heart of Lancaster; Ephrata Community Hospital and United Way of Lancaster County. Content for the site was presented to all partners during the creation process.
The initiative had three goals:
1. Promote health and wellness in Lancaster County by providing access to reliable health resources to empower residents to make informed, healthy decisions.
2. Enhance public awareness of libraries as sources of credible information.
3. Increase collaborative efforts between libraries and community health organizations.
To develop an effective Web portal, a team headed by the project manager and project consultant was formed to meet with the Web development company. (Note: a comparable portal can be developed by an individual library or library system through the use of Open Source technology that is free, thus eliminating this expense --- see suggestions under the “Must-Knows” section.) Team members included hospital and community agency representatives, reference librarians, health librarians, marketing representatives, and the Library System’s training coordinator. The goals of the project provided the framework, while the initial tasks included determining (a) the site’s purpose, (b) the intended audience, and (c) the content. Several meetings during a six-month period were necessary to ensure that progress and the goals set were met.
Perhaps the most difficult design decision involved determining broad categories to direct online users to topics they could easily identify. Several other successful consumer health Web sites were examined to provide additional guidance, including the Medical Library Association Consumer Health Section (CAPHIS), Crandall Public Library, and Phillyhealthinfo.org.
After several meetings, a consensus evolved on the nine broad categories:
1. Alternative and complementary therapy
2. Conditions and diseases
3. Drugs and supplements
4. Health and finance
5. Health by age and population groups
6. Local providers and services
7. Medical and lab tests
8. Nutrition
9. Wellness and health
As the project progressed, additional features were added to enhance usability and content. Since the project was designed to serve the needs of the local community, it was important to have a category dedicated to local community health resources. The local focus was maintained through the choice of the URL: http://www.healthylancastercounty.org
Additional features were added to encourage users to return to the site. RSS health news was incorporated into the site. The New York Times RSS health feed and the local Lancaster News RSS health feed were added. A new section highlighting a health issue of the month was added, providing current information and news related to a National Health Observation. A ‘‘Health Issues’’ section highlights current health events at the public libraries and health care providers. This provides the user with a ‘‘one-stop shop’’ of all health-related events in the county.
A review process was developed to ensure all information on the Web portal was reliable, credible, and lacked commercial bias. All Web portal content was vetted to specialists in the fields. This was a lengthy but valuable process. Each category inclusive of links and descriptors was channeled to specialists within each of the four local hospitals. Content was only migrated to the Web portal upon approval from the specialist in the field. The beta site was previewed at a special consumer health event.
A focus group session was conducted following the event. It consisted of academic library members, academic faculty, community members, partners, and public library members. The beta site was well received with minor recommendations. One recommendation was the addition of a multilingual tab containing consumer health links in multiple languages. A second recommendation was to provide a direct link to search the library systems catalog of consumer health resources. Both of the recommendations were easily implemented. Additional focus groups were scheduled. The focus groups provide valuable input regarding the usability and relevancy of the content. Focus groups were conducted with various demographic groups including teens, new parents, business groups, and senior citizens. The recommendations were further reviewed to determine the appropriateness and feasibility of implementation.
There was interest in exploring options to solicit feedback on an ongoing basis. A ‘‘send us your feedback’’ form was added to the Web portal. Users now have the option to tell us if their information needs were met. The collaborative efforts produced a user-friendly consumer health Web portal.
Program awards or special recognition: Inclusion in national IMLS publication: A Catalyst for Change: LSTA Grants to States Program Activities and the Transformation of Library Services to the Public (2009),

Tags:  Adults  Children  Health  Teens 

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Healthy Kids Fair

Posted By Kate Thornton, Reading Public Library, 610-223-5972, kateethornton@aol.com, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Type

Public

Partnership

Partner Collaboration: Berks Visiting Nurse Association, CHIP – Children’s Health Insurance Program

Description

The Reading Public Library’s Youth Service staff determined that a Healthy Kids Fair would be a perfect opportunity to educate children and teens about general health, hygiene and nutrition. A variety of health care professionals are invited to the event to discuss how children can live a healthy life style. Books about health and nutrition are featured and discussed at the event. To encourage participation each child is given a card to be stamped by each presenter. When the card is filled it is entered into a door prize drawing held at the end of the fair.

Tags:  Children  Health 

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Are you a Risky Reader? Banned Books Club

Posted By Lani Hahn, Hellertown Area Library, lhahn@hellertownlibrary.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

100

Description

If you are a risky reader, join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Banned Books week by joining the Banned Books Club. We will be reading a new banned or challenged book each month. Adults and teens are welcome to join. The only requirement is you must maintain an open mind.

Tags:  Basic  Teens 

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“Get Bookin" 5K run / walk

Posted By Robin Rotherham, Hellertown Area Library, director@hellertownlibrary.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

$500

Description

In early June, a volunteer stepped up and asked the library if he could organize a 5K race for the library. We came up with an event name, found some local businesses that would sponsor the race, posted the race on runner's web sites, designed a race t-shirt that a local printer printed for $9.00 and started taking race applications from runners. The volunteer laid out the course and we got approval from the Borough and Lower Saucon Township. We had 70 runners and walkers the day of the race and about 20 more spectators. Feed back was very positive and many people indicated they would be back next year.
The race director should be someone who is VERY familiar with race protocol (someone who has run many races) Our volunteer has run marathons.

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Help for Job Seekers

Posted By Mary Bear Shannon, Haverford Township Free Library, shannon@haverfordlibrary.org, 610-446-3082 ext. , Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Type

Public

Description

Professional recruiter Nicole Pica will present a series of programs to help job seekers in today’s uncertain job market. Attendees will learn how to improve their presentation, market themselves and pursue opportunity.
Getting Started
Learn how to: Create a new resume or improve an existing one; brand yourself – who you are and what you have to offer; develop a 30 second elevator speech about yourself.
Keep it Fresh!
Learn about: Career health – keeping up on your current skills when you’re out of work; and mental health – keeping your confidence and focus during difficult times.
Job Searching and Networking
Learn how to: perform a proactive and targeted job search; network in person and across social media outlets; and use different types of social media (ie. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook)
Interviewing and Getting the Job
Learn how to: Prepare for an in person or telephone interview; anticipate what questions interviewers will ask and plan what questions you will ask; and follow up after an interview.
After each workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to sign up for small group sessions where participants can get more one-on-one help.

Tags:  Adults  Financial 

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Homebuyer Education Class

Posted By Deborah Vande Castle, Dover Area Community Library, 717-292-6814, dvandecastle@yorklibraries.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

This program was funded through the Community Progress Council.

Description

The Homebuyer Education Class is a FREE one-day event. Local experts provide information on real estate and house hunting; mortgages and finances; credit reports; and available local grants that help pay for down payments and closing costs.

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