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Health Literacy is more than you think

submitted by Tracey Reed, Warminster Library Director

I was talking with a woman who is currently working on her Master’s in Library Science about what constitutes Information Literacy. It involves being able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use it.

This is something that librarians have helped people with for as long as there have been libraries, but more recently, the libraries in Pennsylvania (including the Warminster Library) have participated in PA Forward. This program highlights the work we do in five areas of information literacy, including Health Literacy.

I’m very proud to say that Warminster Library is a PA Forward Gold Star Library.*

To this end, we offer many health-related and health-focused programs, including both physical and mental health. Colon and digestive health, eye, and hearing programs were some of our most highly attended of last year.

We look forward to having more programs, and continuing our partnership with Doylestown Health Connections to offer a variety of ways to learn more about your health as well as use the information available to make good health decisions.

The library also became a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.**

Make sure to check out our health program offerings through the year.

Another way we increase information literacy is through the displays we offer throughout the library. Currently, we are promoting socio-emotional literacy for children in this way.

We are creating displays and passive activities to bring awareness to socio-emotional development. Socio-emotional development involves several interrelated areas of development, such as social interaction, emotional awareness, and self-regulation.

At its core, it is a child’s ability to understand the feelings of others, control their own emotions and behaviors, and build relationships with adults and other children.

Libraries are for everyone; we offer many different programs, displays, and items in our collection to entertain, educate and inform everyone. We’re here to help you understand and expand the world around you. Check us out!

*For more information on the PA Forward program, visit paforward.org.
**For more information about the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, visit nnlm.gov.