Promoting Parks and Recreation
The Goffstown Public Library in New Hampshire circulates two regional backpacks. They both have a compass, navigation guide and binoculars (waterproof pair in the seacoast pack). The library did not want to make them so full that the borrower couldn't fit their own personal stuff in as well. A great partner with the state parks pass.
Photos and story from:
Dianne Hathaway, Library Director
Goffstown Public Library
2 High Street
Goffstown, NH 03045
(603) 497-2102 x601
Ways to reach out and work together:
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Arts & Humanities Councils
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Programs*
Criminal Records Annulment Clinic*
Federal Trade Commission Programs*
Host Candidate Forums
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Passport Acceptance Facility
Parks & Recreation
State Park passes and backpacks*
Camps for kids*
United States Citizenship and Immigration Open House
Wellness Programs* with U.S. National Library of Medicine
Free Resources for Librarians from the Federal Trade Commission
Go to FTC.gov/libraries resources, programming ideas, talking points, slides & videos, tips to share on social media, FREE bookmarks and email updates on scams.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Programs
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is focused solely on consumer financial protection. On their library resource page you can order free government publications, worksheets, and brochures. These may be distributed to patrons and used in your own financial education programs.There are program ideas, outreach materials, training webinars and a partnership guidebook. Online educational tools are available to help your patrons make smart money decisions.
Criminal Records Annulment Clinic
The Nashua Public Library partnered with the Greater Nashua NAACP, NH Bar Association and the Southern NH Outreach for Black Unity to host a Criminal Records Annulment Clinic. The New Hampshire Bar Association presented a brief overview of the process. Then participants met one-on-one with volunteer attorneys.
Make Wellness Your Story - Campton NH
From January through April of 2019 the Campton Public Library, Campton NH partnered with NNLM, NIH, All of Us, and UMass Worcester, in an effort to help the community improve their health and wellness. This was achieved by providing easier access to medical resources, in the form of books, technology, presentations and workshops.
The first step was updating Campton Public Library’s books and DVD’s to include a wide range of medical and wellness topics. Chromebooks, a desktop, and tablets updated patrons technological access. Medical tech such as a blood pressure machine, and a scale with BMI were purchased. A C-Pen reader was purchased for the visually impaired. A Virtual Reality system was set up with downloaded programs that teach CPR, decrease anxiety, and let the user explore the human body. Fitbits were made available for patrons to borrow. Patron privacy concerns were addressed by installing a more discreet printer near the patron computers.
At the Make Wellness Your Story- Kick-off, a local RN who specializes in cardiac health, Shannon Garnsey, gave the presentation “Keeping Your Heart Healthy”. She specifically stressed the importance of exercise, particularly walking. Megan McCann, a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, led the talk, “Individualized Healthy Eating”. She encouraged all in the audience to find a nutrition plan that worked for their individual body type and needs. A Licensed Massage Therapist, Sara Bragdon, set up her massage table in the back of the library, and provided ten-minute massages.
The Healthy Happy Kids included a White Mountain Karate “Kids Karate Lesson” followed by a “Beginner Dance Class” taught by Aubrie Glidden. The final segment was geared towards teens and pre-teens. Using a book purchased through the NNLM/NIH financial award, the Campton Public Library staff taught a DIY skin care found in your kitchen program.
Healthy Minds Matter was on March 16th. The first talk and discussion was led by a staff person from The Plymouth House. This was called “Understanding and Overcoming Addiction” and candidly discussed the Disease Model. This was followed with a program “Acupuncture as Pain Therapy” led by Heidi Botnick, Lac. explained and demonstrating how it works. The day finished with an abbreviated “Mental Health First Aid” workshop, taught by Lakes Region Mental Health Center.
The following two program days on April 6th and 13th focused on Healthy Pets. Therapy Dog Jack and his owner visited the library. The value of therapy pets was demonstrated and explained. Children were invited to read to Jack. The following weekend, Plymouth Animal Hospital provided a Rabies Clinic. They administered 40 inoculations.
The final program day dealt with the sensitive topic of Aging Well. The first presentation was “Memory Support”, by Lisa Hanson, a Social Worker from Meredith Bay Colony Club. She taught the audience simple and fun ways that they can improve their cognitive function and memory. Martha Swats, from Comfort Keepers, led a lively discussion on “Planning to Age Well”. She addressed important issues that come with aging, and shared resource lists of agencies in the area that can support the aging process and caregivers.
~Project Information and photos shared by
Campton Public Library Director,
1110 NH Rte. 175 Ste. B Campton, NH 03223