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Education Matters

Libraries: Keeping Brains and Bodies Active

March 1st, 2015

By Jill Griffith

Question:  What helps keeps kids healthy and parents happy?

Answer:  Why, Red Deer Public Library of course!

Every parent wants their child to be safe, secure and healthy.  The doctor, community health clinics, classes at the gym – all contribute to the wellness of children.  As does your local library!

Red Deer Public Library has books, online resources, dvds, magazines and programs designed to send children and their families on the road to a lifetime of wellness and good health.  Check out our website to access all the great resources below.

If you would like books to reference, look at our website under Catalogue--New Titles--   Health and Fitness. Recently added titles to the library collection include:

Ultimate Bodypedia: An Amazing Inside-out Tour of the Human Body by Christina Wilsdon

The New Puberty: How to Navigate Early Development in Today's Girls by Louise Greenspan

Becoming A Motherby Kate Mosse

Our RDPL Digital Library (Digital Content--eBooks and Audiobooks--Overdrive) includes titles like The Everything Healthy Kids Series Guide to Allergies and The Whole Brain Child: 12 Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel if you prefer to read your books on your digital device.

Or check out one of our many databases, free with your public library membership.  Go to the RDPL website and access Digital Content--Health Databases for information on health and behavior related issues.  Of note:

Family Behavior Toolbox:  The Family Behavior Toolbox is designed to be a self-help resource for parents and family members to understand the behavior they are encountering and the options available to deal with it.  This resource is licensed by Alberta Health on behalf of public libraries in Alberta.           

Our online magazine service Zinio has titles like “Parents Magazine” as well as “Eating Well” and “Natural Health,” because let’s face it, if we want our children to be healthy, we need to model good health as parents!

Try our Hoopla streaming audio and video service.  Your 5 checkouts for this month could include the streaming videos “Mom and Baby Yoga”, or the children’s series “Eat Healthy, Be Healthy.”  These titles are found on our website under Digital Content--Streaming Audioand Video. Browse in the Television - Health and Fitness genre for more great titles.

And don’t forget the “Consumer Reports” database.  Browse “Babies and Kids” for the top baby and kid products on the market.

Our Early Literacy Programs contribute to healthy brain development in children from birth to age 11.  Check out our website under  Programs--Calendar of Events for details of Baby Fun, Toddler Fun and Preschool Fun at one of our three branches nearest you.

Red Deer Public Library is your source for health and wellness, and your library membership is your key to family fitness.  As always, nothing is a substitute for the advice of health providers.


Jill Griffith is Youth Services Manager at the Downtown Branch of Red Deer Public Library.

Tags: advice, Books, health

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