Librarians Plan Ahead for July: National UV Safety Month

Here is the sixth installment of ideas for incorporating health programming into your overall library programming strategy. Keep looking  for us on the first of each month to find programming ideas for three months out. Still working on spring programming? See April: Autism Awareness Month and May: Healthy Vision Month. Provide by Health and Wellness Resource Center.

One in five of today’s children will someday have some form of skin cancer; melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults, ages 25 to 29; approximately, one American dies from skin cancer every hour.  These facts are compelling reasons to make time for Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month programming this July at your library, and promoting UV Safety programming will be easy with these free resources:

Quick and Easy

Coloring Pages:

Puzzles and Activities:

Other Printables:

Featured Resources

Books for Children and Adults

Sun Safety Reference Information Links

Organizations to Contact

Book Club

Observe UV Safety Month this July by choosing one of these discussion-provoking books for your summer book club:

  • FDR’s Deadly Secret, by Steven Lomazow and Eric Fettman. New York, NY : PublicAffairs, ©2009. Did Franklin Delano Roosevelt die from skin cancer? A biography with photographs and medical records that examines the possibility. Find a copy online.
  • The Eclipse Blues: Elements of Global Warming and Color-ism (a novel), by W James Richardson. Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse, 2009. What happens when, due to global warming, skin cancer becomes a pandemic among those with fair complexions? Sure to be a conversation starter.

Tie Ins

July means summer reading! ”One World, Many Stories” is the 2011 Collaborative Summer Library Programming theme for children. Emphasizing UV Safety along with world cultures will be easy with these ideas:

Sun Safety Story Time Ideas:

Zoo Field Trip Tie Ins:

Community Resources

Find a professional to speak at your library,  or other local resources here:

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s July programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and National UV Safety Month.

Fun Stuff

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add some fun to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:


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