JMRL How-To Festival Call for Participation

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JMRL’s 2019 How-To Festival takes place on Saturday, May 4th from 10-2 at the Central Library. The How-To Festival is a drop-in Library takeover event with 15 minute presentations and demos on a variety of topics. The festival coincides with Free Comic Book Day at JMRL and attracts a diverse, growing crowd each year.

JMRL invites community members, businesses, and nonprofits to participate.

Share your knowledge/skills/services and promote your business, organization or cause.

Topics of interest include:

  • Technology
  • Arts + Crafts
  • Food + Drink
  • Repairs
  • Outdoors + Environment
  • Health + Wellness
  • Community Resources

Check here for a list of previous participants and sessions.

Guidelines for submissions:
Deadline for submission is Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 5pm.
Click this link to submit a request to participate for 2019.

Important dates:
Responses will be given by Wednesday, April 10th, 2019.
Final schedule will be ready by Friday, April 26th, 2019.

For any inquiries regarding the event, please email Heather Pehnec at volunteer@jmrl.org

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 How-To Festival!

Health Library/Fit Kits

JMRL now has a circulating Health Library, also known as Fit Kits, to help promote healthy living in the area. There are six kits available, including kits for yoga, blood pressure monitor, hand therapy, cardio, foam roller, and pilates. These kits were made possible by funds from the Friends of the Library. And, JMRL received a grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, with this money a 6th kits was added, pilates for breast cancer survivors.

Each kit has at least one book that explains the health objective in greater detail. Some kits have instructions in multiple languages. They are all housed at the Central Library as a special collection, and anyone in the system can check them out. This is a great way for people to try out exercise and health equipment without having to buy anything.

 

Check them out for up to three weeks and place them on hold here.

October is Health Literacy Month

October is health literacy month. Health Literacy is the ability to read, understand, and act upon health information.  According to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using routine health information. A large gap exists between the way health care issues are delivered and the ability of most people to understand them.

When you are looking for health information online, MedlinePlus.gov and Magill’s Medical Guide Online are great resources. MedlinePlus.gov is a government website that has health information on every medical topic in easy-to-read format. It’s available in multiple languages, there are also videos, encyclopedias, and drug information.

Magill’s Medical Guide Online is available through JMRL databases, you’ll need to login with your library card number to access it. There’s general health information, including causes and symptoms, and treatments and therapies. You can also print or save articles with Magill’s.

JMRL also has a list of local health resources which includes mental health services and local clinics.

Check out these titles about health and wellness:

 

Complete Guide to Fitness and Health, edited by Barbara Bushman, PhD.
American College of Sports Medicine’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health merges research-based, scientific information with practical and adaptable plans that you can use. The book provides the reader with simple ways to assess themselves, and then, using insights gained, enhance their exercise programs and make optimal nutrition decisions that fit with their personal goals.

Mayo Clinic A to Z Health Guide, edited by Scott C. Litin, MD.
This is a home reference for the most common conditions.

Know-It-All Medicine, edited by Dr. Gabrielle M. Finn
Fifty crucial milestones, treatments, and technologies in the history of health, each explained in a minute. It takes the reader on an engrossing journey from the first “medicines” to today’s keyhole surgery, bionic limbs, and breakthrough drug treatments. It’s an essential and engaging read for anyone who wants to know more about the contemporary state of medicine, and what the future may hold for medicine and its practitioners.