Librarians, Plan Ahead for October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Here is the October installment of ideas for incorporating health programming into your overall library programming strategy. Provide by The Pulse and Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.

According to the latest available information (2007) from The United States Cancer Statistics (USCS), a woman’s overall lifetime risk of having breast cancer at some time in her life is one in eight. It is only second to skin cancer as the most prevalent cancer among American women. The good news is that 92 percent of cases detected early are cured, which of course makes breast cancer awareness vitally important. Fortunately, observing and promoting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at your library will be easy with these free resources:

  • Quick and Easy: printable puzzles and other activities for children and handy printables for adults.
  • Featured Resources: books for children and adults and links to reliable information online
  • Book Club: ideas for your book discussion group
  • Tie Ins: to traditional September library programming
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free items to help you publicize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: fun, interactive links

Quick and Easy

Puzzles and Activities for Children:

  • Michelle needs chemo IV maze
  • Cancer Bears coloring pages
  • Breast Cancer paper dolls – for parents (at their discretion) to share with children to help them understand their own breast cancer surgery or that of a loved one

Printables for Adults:

For fundraisers and celebrations:

Featured Resources

Books for Adults

Books For Children and Teens

Reliable Online Information:

Book Club

Observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this month by choosing one of these discussion-provoking books for your October book club.


Time is a River by Mary Alice Munroe. (New York: Pocket Books, 2008.)

From publisher: “Mia Landan is recovering from breast cancer in a mountain cabin near Asheville, NC, when she discovers the journal of a sensational fly fisher of the 1920s, Kate Watkins. The inspiring words of a woman she never knew finally lure Mia from her shell to connect once more with the world around her. As she learns to fish, she uncovers secrets that span generations–secrets that have the power to change no only her life, but the lives of those in her new community.”


Promise Me by Nancy G. Brinker (New York: Crown Archetype, 2010)

“How a sister’s love launched the global movement to end breast cancer.”

Tie Ins

Craft Time:

Easy crafts to “make and take” or to sell at a fundraiser:

Community Resources

Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker, or other local resources here:

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s September programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Interactive Tools

Add some interesting and helpful interactive links to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:

Tools that Encourage:

Informational Tools and Videos:


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