October is National Health Literacy Month. Health Literacy Month was created in 1999 by Helen Osborne. What is Health Literacy you might be thinking? The original definition of Health Literacy by Helen Osborne is, “Health literacy is a shared responsibility between patients and providers. Each must communicate in ways the other can understand.” Health Literacy is based on communication through speaking clearly, listening attentively, and the ability to read written instructions. One way to communicate clearly to health professionals is to have all medications and other medical information available in written form. We have free forms available at the library.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day, which “serves as a yearly reminder that hand washing with soap is one of the best steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.” Throughout the week of the 15th, we will have a bean bag game set up called, “Sink Those Germs!” Kids who play the game will have their name put in a drawing to win one of our Toy Story cutouts. Miss Judy will demonstrate the importance of hand washing during her STEAM activity on Thursday.
Speaking of hand washing, one important time to wash hands is after touching animals, which kids will be able to do on the Friday of fall break. If there is one thing we love at the “Q,” its animals. Zoo Safari from Locust Grove will be here to do a program at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Monday, Oct. 21, we will have “bookend painting” from 1 to 5 p.m.
See you soon, at the “Q!
If You Go
WHAT: Q.B. Boydstun Library.
WHERE: 201 E. South Ave.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
INFO: (918) 478-3587 or www.eodls.org.