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         By Beth Cackowski One area of Health Literacy to which most people don’t give a lot of thought (or try not to, anyway) is end of life planning. Believe it or not, we had a program at the Elkins Park Library a few weeks ago titled “How to Have a Fun Funeral.” Some...

by Beth Cackowski By now you’ve probably heard about the importance of children learning to write computer code before they’re out of elementary school. The fear is that many librarians don’t feel comfortable creating environments for this type of technology or information...

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By Beth Cackowski There are few things as important as instilling a love of healthy eating in children. If you think convincing a kid to eat kale is a momentous task, you haven’t seen the Children’s Garden at the Glenside Library. Any child that participates by planting, watering,...

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By Beth Cackowski Early childhood literacy has always been at the forefront of the mission of public libraries. We do a lot to foster that goal with educational programming, storytimes and collection building. Lately programs aimed specifically at preparing children for Kindergarten...

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by Beth Cackowski When was the last time you read a Civics textbook? Well, I bet I can make you read a chapter of one! Civics and You: Your Key to PA Local Government was published by the Pennsylvania Municipal League in 2014 as an eBook for 9th and 10th grade students studying...

by Beth Cackowski The PA Forward Health Literacy team made incredible strides in 2014 with regards to making libraries part of the healthcare conversation in Pennsylvania. Jody Cole, chair of team, told me about some of the breakthroughs they have made with team partners in the...