Health and Wellness Help from Your Library
by Paula Andrie, CCPL Reference Librarian
According to National Day Calendar (https://nationaldaycalendar.com), May is recognized as a national month to more than 10 health and wellness topics. Your library is a great place to start learning about well-being subjects by attending events, checking out books, and researching with our databases.
One of the key elements to healthy living is socialization and, according to April 2022’s issue of Mind, Mood & Memory1 , it can even boost brain power. Invigorate your cerebrum by attending some programs at your libraries in Gillette and Wright. We offer technology classes, crafting classes, movie days, and an array of other events throughout the year. We also host book clubs using books purchased by a grant from the Campbell County Community Public Recreation District! If you’d like to start a club of your own, book club kits are available for checkout.
Do you know...
•CCPL’s collection includes a Wellness Neighborhood in our adult nonfiction area. Topics such as self-help, mental health, disease, and diet and exercise books, and DVDs are all in one browsable section. If you haven’t seen it, come check it out!
•Your libraries provide a number of vetted, trustworthy databases to explore health and wellness. Most of the resources can be accessed at home with your library card information. Go to ccpls.info/databases to start. Interested in learning more? Call 687.0115 and sign up to attend our Online Health Resources tech class on Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30pm!
Interested in some reading recommendations? Two of my favorite health and wellness related books include:
•The Body by Bill Bryson: Get ready to hop on a Miss Frizzle-esque type journey through the inner workings of your body.
•Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker: Follow a family of twelve, fifty percent of whom suffer from schizophrenia, and how they helped find a connection between genetics and mental illness.
More in-depth reviews of these titles (and more) are available on our Based on a True Story blog at ccpls.info/true.
1“Positive Social Interactions Can Boost Cognition Even After You Go Your Separate Ways: Brain stimulation that comes from engaging with others may have immediate and long-term benefits for thinking skills.” Mind, Mood & Memory, vol. 18, no. 4, Apr. 2022, pp. 4+. Gale Health and Wellness, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A698309337/HWRC?u=wylrc_campbell&sid=bookmark-HWRC&xid=ab952e73. Accessed 4 Apr. 2022.