The books were sorted first at my house. These books were purchased under a National Library of Medicine grant for our Holyoke Consumer Health Library project. These are core reference books to augment our mostly-virtual library (www.holyokehealth.info) at each of our partner sites.
The Holyoke Health Center is one partner site. A small office is being used as a temporary location in fall 2005 until the building remodel is finished. Kathleen Parkard has office hours here on Tuesday afternoons.
Early stage of the reference collection for Holyoke Health Center.
Jim Craig, Biological Sciences Librarian, UMass-Amherst, viewing the new books.
Kathleen Packard, Consumer Health Information Coordinator for Holyoke, and Ellen Moriarty, new president of the Holyoke Public Library Corporation, with book display at HCHL Annual meeting Oct 28 at Public Library. For more photos of people at this meeting, click here.
Halloween at the Holyoke Public Library
Children's Librarian Carolann Macmaster and her tail!
Terry processing one of the books we have given to the Holyoke Public Library. (It is an updated edition of one they already owned).
Another new updated edition -- thanks to our grant.
And cat ears for Halloween.
Another costume... Sarah Campbell, archivist in the History Room, Holyoke Public Library.
Pile of new books for Girls, Inc./Holyoke Teen Center
The Teen Center staff will decide where to shelve the books. Either here in the Health Room, or...
perhaps here in a more prominent lounge area.
Next stop: Senior Center / Council on Aging (downstairs in Veterans War Memorial building on Appleton Street). I was delighted to find Dan Fitzgerald using the computer there. He had recently attended the HCHL annual meeting, so enjoyed watching the arrival of new HCHL books.
Dan and I decided to put the books (temporarily) on an unused shelf beside the existing Caregivers Resource Library until CoA staff member Stephanie Merrick has time to decide the permanent location.
Dan introduced me to the Writers' group in the adjacent room. They were enjoying a Halloween party and invited us to share refreshments, which we did.
I then invited the writers to examine the books and pose for photos.
Ourselves Growing Older is the book, but do witches age?
Myself growing older, and ...
thinking that this Senior Center is a FUN place to be!
Band music was playing in the next room, so the atmosphere was festive. Laughter from the writers and lively music from the band. Every Monday afternoon...
NEXT Stop: Providence Prenatal Center, Hight Street.
Judy Atkin and Maritza Smidy examine the new books. Both have been HCHL supporters for many years. Judy was our Treasurer in 2003.
Closeup of books at PPC. The four books on left were purchased for our HCHL pilot library a few years ago with a grant PPC obtained from CIGNA. When the pilot library closed, we relocated these books. Now we've added more...
and more. The illustrations in these books are excellent, and will be helpful for patients and for PPC staff explaining things to patients.
Halloween at Providence Prenatal Center
Some additional books await distribution. Some of these titles have been bought for Holyoke Health Center, some for Holyoke Public Library, and a few for Nuestras Raices, the site of our former pilot library.