December is National Handwashing Awareness Month

To support your library programming, here is December’s health programing ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.

December is full of celebrations. Whether at a school concert or play, family holiday gathering, or work party, when people gather together and eat together, the chance of spreading germs increases. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most important thing that we can do to prevent getting sick is simply to wash our hands.

Help your library community stay well this winter by promoting National Handwashing Awareness Month with these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages and activities for children
  • Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Tie Ins: integrate National Handwashing Awareness Month into craft time, story time or after school fun
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize National Handwashing Awareness Week at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: links to interactive websites and apps

Quick and Easy

Featured Resources


Trustworthy Online Resources

Tie Ins

Henry the Hand: After School or Saturday Fun

Hooray for Handwashing: Story Time (from the American Cleaning Institute for Better Living)

Craft Fun: Personalized Soap Dispenser

Take a $1.00 clear soap or hand-sanitizer dispenser and turn it into a gift by customizing it with fun photos or adding accessories to transform it into a cute snowman.

Publicity Resources

Use these free publicity resources alongside your library’s December programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or fliers – to promote National Handwashing Awareness Month at your library.

Fun Stuff

Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:


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