Rachel Johnson, CAE
Communications Services Division Chief
Prince William County Public Library System Office of Community Engagement
Prince William, VA
October is Health Literacy Month, a time to focus on your overall health and well-being, and get access to resources and information to help you do so. The Prince William Public Library System provides a valuable asset to our users on their journey to a healthier self. Not only does the Library offer resources in both digital and print, but we have recently begun to offer health and wellness programs to our patrons.
In addition to numerous databases, the library also provide access to the Health and Wellness Resource Center for our users. This digital resource offers carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials for informational purposes. Our premium online resources provide our users access to health and medical journals, videos, and general interest publications.
Aside from our databases, we provide our library patrons access to many personal health and wellness improvement books, eBooks, and audio materials. Resources like Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book by Daniel Harris is available in multiple formats. This guide to meditation debunks its misconceptions and provides a wealth of techniques. How to Be Well: The Six Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life by Frank Lipman helps patrons learn the habits and tactics to improve health and establish lifelong vitality.
Starting this month through November, we plan to offer a number of different health-focused programs throughout the library system including everything from Child & Me Yoga to Healthy Holiday Eating to a Community Health Open House. At the Community Health Open House, we intend to bring together representatives from local and regional agencies to answer questions our community members have related to health topics like heart attacks, strokes, and hypertension. We are excited about all of the upcoming programs we have scheduled throughout our library system and invite you to attend!
Bull Run Regional Library and Potomac Community Libraries are increasing their efforts to provide more resources as part of a greater Consumer Health initiative. This initiative includes partnerships with other health-related organizations in the county and throughout Virginia. This is a developing initiative that we will enhance our resources in the coming months for the public.
If you are in Prince William County, VA, we hope you visit the Public Library and take advantage of many of the health and wellness opportunities available!