The Cape Girardeau Public Library will introduce its “Health Neighborhood” in partnership with SoutheastHEALTH during National Library Week, April 15 through April 20.
In library collection terms, a “neighborhood” is a way to make different parts of the nonfiction collection easier to access and use. Health topics were chosen to be in the library’s first “neighborhood.”
Materials on various subcategories within the area of health, such as diabetes, pregnancy, Alzheimer’s and fitness and nutrition, will be grouped together and labeled for easier access, says Paula Fetherston, the library’s adult services coordinator. Canvas bags containing materials on specific health topics also will be available for checkout.
Southeast Hospital will provide the bags as well as pamphlets on specific health topics. To help kick off this new project, Southeast Hospital staff will provide blood pressure screenings in the library’s Adult Services area and an interactive demonstration of hands-only CPR in both the Adult Services area and the teen room on Monday and Tuesday, April 15 and 16, from 2 to 5 p.m.
A canvas bag and some of the healthcare materials available for checkout are displayed prior to opening of the “Health Neighborhood,” a partnership of SoutheastHEALTH and the Cape Girardeau Public Library.