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December 19, 2006 > New Materials Available at the Washington Community Health Resource Library

New Materials Available at the Washington Community Health Resource Library

Library Book Sale to Take Place on January 5, 2007

Have a question about your health? Want to know more about a recent diagnosis? New books are arriving every month at Washington Hospital’s Community Health Resource Library, which is open to the public six days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Located on the first floor of Washington West (2500 Mowry Avenue), the library issues membership cards to anyone who wants to check out books, DVDs and tapes or download medical articles through the library’s subscription service.

The new arrivals section in the library has added many new books to their collection. The library’s new collection has books on wound care management, osteoporosis, skin and nails, and prostate cancer to name a few. This added selection in the library offers new books on familiar and unknown medical conditions. Organized by the library volunteers, this assortment of books are located in the book stacks and can be easily accessed through the library’s website:

“Many people come in looking for information about an illness or medication,” says Sumedha Shende, Operations Coordinator. “Our library is a comfortable setting for people to learn more about a disease or find out how to stay healthy.”

New books on weight control are a common request and new titles dealing with this topic have recently been acquired by the library. Promoting health and a healthy community is the main goal of the Community Health Resource Library.
“Library volunteers are more than happy to help community members find the information they need,” says Shende. “Our volunteers are a big reason why the Community Health Resource Library is a success.”
New title selections include: “Fat is not your fate”, “No flour, no sugar diet”, “The male biological clock” , “Wound care essentials”,  “Foods that cause you to lose weight” and “Handbook of diseases of aging” to name a few.

The purpose of the new arrivals collection is to open the eyes of the readers to different books, authors and help broaden their minds with new and upcoming medical data.
The library also offers free osteoporosis screening from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Free blood pressure screenings are also available at the library. The blood pressure screening machine measures blood pressure as well as body mass index (BMI), pulse rate, weight and height. For more information you can visit the web site or call (510) 494-7030.

The library participates in a number of health fairs throughout the community and the library outreach program is involved with various elementary schools in the community that help teach children about proper hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of diseases. 

Library Book Sale Coming Up

On Friday, January 5, 2007, the library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Hundreds of new and up-to-date health-related books at bargain prices will be available to purchase. Cash or checks will be accepted. All of the book sale proceeds will be used to purchase new materials and health education models for the library. The book sale will be held in the Washington Community Health Resource Library, 2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 100 in the Washington West building.

Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please go to our library’s website at for more information about the services, hours and collection.

The library is in a constant need for adult and student volunteers. If you want to be a library volunteer, please call Sumedha Shende, Operations Coordinator at (510) 494-7009.

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