Health Literacy

Supporting wellness for a healthy life.

Here at the library, we offer a variety of ways for you to obtain and use health information to make decisions that will help you maintain a healthy life and community.

  • Find free and reliable resources
  • Keep your mind active and stimulated
  • Learn methods now for a healthier future

Reproductive Health Workshops
We are pleased to partner with ReproNet for a series on reproductive health presented in Dari, Arabic and Pashto.

Flu Vaccine Clinics
Free flu vaccines for ages 6 months and older. Limited quantities available, first come, first served. Anyone 17 and under will need parent/guardian consent, no insurance required. Presented in partnership with Sacramento County Public Health Department.

Blood Pressure Clinics
Stop by one of our Blood Pressure Clinics to have your blood pressure taken and learn tips for how to improve heart health from registered nurses with no appointment necessary.

Virtual Health and Wellness Programs

  • Journaling for Mental Health—Led by local creative writing specialist, Nena Larieze, this program begins in January 2023 and will help you discover artistic methods of decompression through self-expression, poetry, meditation, and art. Activities will be centered around the theme of emotional intelligence, which you'll explore through reflective prompts and journaling activities to liberate, empower, and heal. Beginner and experienced writers are welcome.
  • Reach & Read—A virtual yoga and book talk series on breath and movement practices, focusing on how to be present using inner listening and softening skills for self-love, compassion, and openness led by local yoga instructor, Kat Sun beginning June 29.
  • Health Education—Watch past presentations from local organizations on a range of health topics.
  • Health Book Talks—Learn about health-related titles from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Reading Club.
  • Fidget Blanket Tutorial—A fidget blanket is a lap-size blanket that provides sensory and tactile stimulation. They are ideal for those with restless hands, including people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Learn how to create a fidget blanket, using items from around your house. 
  • Finding Health Information You Can Trust—Watch as an educator from National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) helps guide you to reliable, trustworthy health resources.
  • Virtual Yoga—Watch past sessions of Body Positive Yoga, Veterans Yoga, and Chair Yoga.
  • Music and Mindfulness with YoReMi—Join YoReMi for breathing exercises for children, combining songs and movement. Following the demonstration, enjoy a book recommendation on a title from our collection related to children's mindfulness.
We’re excited to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and join the Healthy People 2030 Champion Program.

Official Healthy
People 2030 Champions web badge

Health Kits in our Collection
  • Alzheimer’s Kits:
    • Memory Lane: These kits contain items such as music CDs, films, games, picture books and conversation cards, focused on the 1940’s, 1950’s, or 1960’s. This kit is created for care partners to use with those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Each item in the kit is designed to help spur memories and foster engaging conversations and interactions between people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their care partner.
    • Memory Activity: These kits contain items such as conversation cards, games, puzzles, and fidget objects. There are 3 versions of this kit, meant for those in either beginning-middle, middle-late, or late stage dementia. This kit is created for care partners to use with those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Each item in the kit is designed to help exercise the brain and foster engaging conversations and interactions between people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their care partner. 
  • Brain Health Kits—These kits contain items such as games, puzzles, conversation cards, and trivia books. There are various versions of the kits available for checkout, intended to either be used in a group setting or individually. Each Brain Health Kit contains 4 items, designed to help exercise the brain, spur conversations, and foster engagement with others. These kits are a great resource for users of all ages who are interested in stimulating the brain and strengthening brain function. 
  • Blood Pressure Monitors—High blood pressure, known as Hypertension, raises your risk for dementia, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. With this kit, you can monitor your blood pressure at home, in between doctor’s visits. The Blood Pressure Monitor Kit includes an electronic blood pressure monitor and batteries, an instructional guide, and educational materials.
Covid-19 Information Covid-19 Mental Health Resources Health Books in our Collection

Reading reccommendations for stress management and mindfulness.
Have Questions?
Who can I contact about health literacy?

Contact us and a health literacy specialist will help you.

How are libraries qualified to give medical information?

Although library staff can’t answer specific questions about medical conditions, we have partnered with trusted organizations to provide you with reliable resources.

Where can I find more information to improve my health literacy?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s medical research agency and is a great way to look up important health information. You can also find information on MedlinePlus for health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language, or check out these TakeCare Films for more health advice.

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