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MidContinental Region News September 15th, 2019
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Introducing the Free NNLM Reading Club Book Kits to Libraries in the MidContinental Region

Posted in: #CC/Academic List, #Health Interest List, #Health Sciences List, #Public/K-12 List

Library book clubs can add titles on critical health topics to their discussion list using free NNLM Reading Club book kits now being offered by the NNLM MidContinental Region.

What is the NNLM Reading Club Book Kit?

Each kit contains eight copies of a “ready-to-use” title along with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support health information needs in their communities. The book club allows readers to discuss health and wellness topics important to them as well as discover NIH National Library of Medicine consumer health resources.

Each book title is chosen based off the health topic that aligns with National Health Observances like Mental Health Month, National Family Health History Day, or American Heart Month.  Libraries can choose from three recommended titles for each topic.

What comes in the NNLM Reading Club Book Kit?

Each kit contains:

  • 8 books, regular print*
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of UsResearch Program brochures
  • 8 reading club book bags
  • 1 library book bag

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

How are the Book Kits funded?

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kits are made available with funds from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NIH All of Us Research Program. By submitting an application, you agree to promote NLM resources and raise awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program by sharing brochures and information included in the shipment. Within six to eight weeks of receiving the book kit, you will be asked to complete a short survey about the NNLM Reading Club.

Does my library qualify for a kit?

To be eligible for a kit, your library must be an NNLM organizational member. If you’re not a member, no worries! Becoming a member is easy and free. Visit nnlm.gov/mcr/members to get started.

How do I apply?

To receive a kit, you’ll need to fill out and submit an online application found here. Since there is a limited supply of kits available, applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Samantha Nunn at sam.nunn@utah.edu or visit our website at nnlm.gov to learn more.



Contact us at:
National Network of Libraries of Medicine/MidContinental Region (NN/LM-MCR)
University of Utah
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 North 1900 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5890
Phone: 801-587-3650
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

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