Librarians, Plan Ahead for July: Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

K_arthritis1To support your library’s health programming strategy, here are July 2013 health programming ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center. Keep looking for us around the first of each month to find resources for two months out.

When thinking about arthritis, usually the image of an elderly person comes to mind, but actually Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is one of the most common childhood diseases, affecting more than 290,000 children and teens in the United States. A catchall phrase for any kind of arthritis or arthritis-related disease, Juvenile Arthritis comes in many forms, affects children as young as infants, and often goes undetected or misdiagnosed.

Bringing the subject of Juvenile Arthritis to your library will be easy with all of these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

 Quick and Easy

Featured Resources


Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

Homeroom Exercise by Jana Striegel
Holiday House, 2001

From the Publisher: “When eleven-year-old Regan begins to suffer from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, she must face the possibility that her dream of being a professional dancer may never come true.”

From Booklist: Gr. 4-7. Twelve-year-old Regan Schaffer, who has her heart set on a professional dance career, hopes that being chosen as the host of Homeroom Exercise, a closed-circuit dance and calisthenics program to be broadcast to every classroom in her school, will further her goal. Then, her body begins to betray her–her knee swells, she develops a fever and chills, and several of her joints freeze up, causing great pain. The diagnosis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is both physically and mentally disabling for Regan, who must come to terms with her prognosis. Several realistic subplots involving Regan’s friendships with other classmates lighten the tone of the story and keep the book from becoming maudlin, and Striegel does her best to paint a hopeful (if not entirely rosy) picture of Regan’s future

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations to bring National Fireworks Safety Month to your community.

Publicity Resources

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

Fun Stuff and Cool Tools

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add a fun, interactive experience to a library program and enhance your library website with these fun and interesting links:


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