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Tickling Their Funny Bone! Designing Fun Health Programs for Kids and Teens Kelli Ham, MLIS Consumer Health Coordinator NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region Nevada Library Association Conference October 5, 2007 Agenda Introductions About health programming… …for kids, tweens and teens

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tickling their funny bone designing fun health programs for kids and teens

Tickling Their Funny Bone!Designing Fun Health Programsfor Kids and Teens

Kelli Ham, MLIS

Consumer Health Coordinator

NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region

Nevada Library Association Conference

October 5, 2007

agenda
Agenda
  • Introductions
  • About health programming…

…for kids, tweens and teens

  • Online resources for younger patrons
  • Ideas for programming
  • Discussion
why do health programming
Why Do Health Programming?
  • Is there a need?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • What are some barriers?
  • How will you evaluate?
what do kids teens want
They…

want to have fun while learning

like activities (not passivities)

enjoy being part of creation of the activity or content

like teaching or learning from other kids

want to use technology

What Do Kids & Teens Want?

The trick is tying it together

with health as the program idea.

what works in your library
What Works in your Library?
  • Story time for the very young
  • Demonstrations and hands-on experiments
  • Games
  • Activities, like scavenger hunts
  • Technology!
what is on their minds the short list
What Is on their Minds?(The short list.)
  • Young children
    • body parts, pooping and peeing
  • Grade school
    • body fluids (barf, snot, sweat)
  • Tweens
    • puberty!
  • Teens
    • acne, dieting, sex (not necessarily in that order)
kid s health info on the web
The Good News

Lots of quality content for all ages

Interactive websites

Great resources and opportunities for librarians to teach

The Bad News

Lots of bad content

Kids lack evaluation skills

Few opportunities to learn best resources

Kid’s Health Info on the Web
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The Opportunity

Hold training classes geared to kids & teens!

fact health topics are inherently dull boring or embarrassing
FACT: Health topics are inherently dull, boring, or embarrassing

So how do you make it fun?

  • Wacky titles already in your collection
  • Utilize the web – games, quizzes
  • Use technology whenever possible
  • Involve your young patrons
discussion social networking sites
Discussion: Social Networking Sites

For young adults, is there any way to incorporate MySpace, blogs, podcasting or other Web 2.0 tools into health programs?

great online starting points
Great Online Starting Points

KidsHealth.org

Sections for kids, teens and parents. Also a separate section for teachers with lesson plans for different ages and grades.

BAM!

Created by the CDC for kids 9-13 years old. The Teacher’s Corner includes activities and guides on health topics.

Yucky - Discovery Health for Kids

The Gross & Cool Body site is an interactive, fun and informative site on things like “Pimples, burps, farts and funnybones”. That says it all!

national library of medicine resources
National Library of Medicine Resources
  • ToxMystery
  • ToxTown
  • Household Products
  • Genetics Home Reference
  • MedlinePlus
create an online kid s space
Create an Online “Kid’s Space”
  • Check out sites from other libraries
    • http://www.lapl.org/ya/(health links in MyLife)
  • Involve teens and kids from your community
  • Utilize your Teen Advisory Board
  • Get feedback, re-design, get feedback…
consider this
Consider This…
  • Content created by and for teens, kids
    • health topic pathfinders
    • podcasts
    • video tutorials
    • peer tutor programs
    • Jeopardy!
      • internet4classrooms.com/on-line_powerpoint.htm
    • other?
other ideas
Other Ideas
  • School partnerships
    • Librarian, instructional media staff, school nurse
  • Hospital partnerships
    • Pediatrics staff, patient education dept., librarian
  • Youth organizations
    • Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts
    • Fitness programs like Students Run LA
  • Peer tutoring such as ¡VIVA! program in Texas*

*High school peer tutors teach MedlinePlus: a model for Hispanic outreach

J Med Libr Assoc. 2005 April; 93(2): 243–252.

resources for you
Resources for You!
  • ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children)
    • www.ala.org/ala/alsc/alsc.htm
  • YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Assoc.)
    • www.ala.org/yalsa
  • CAPHIS (Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, Medical Library Assoc)
    • http://caphis.mlanet.org
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine
    • http://nnlm.gov
discussion final thoughts
Discussion & Final Thoughts
  • Has anyone done health programs for any age group?
  • Any ideas you might try in your library?
thanks
Thanks!

Comments or questions are welcome!Kelli Ham, kkham@library.ucla.edunnlm.gov/psr

tickling their funny bone web resources
KidsHealth

kidshealth.org/kids

kidshealth.org/teens

classroom.kidshealth.org

BAM! from the CDC

www.bam.gov

Yucky Gross & Cool Body from Discovery Kids

yucky.discovery.com/flash/body/

CDC List of Websites for Kids and Teens

www.cdc.gov/women/kids/links.htm

Tickling Their Funny Bone: Web Resources

MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

  • medlineplus.gov

Children and Teenager’s Links

  • www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childrenandteenagers.html

Children’s Page

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childrenspage.html

Teens’ Page

  • www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/teenspage.html

Additional NLM Resources:

ToxMystery

  • toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov/

ToxTown

  • toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/

HouseholdProducts

  • householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/

Genetics Home Reference

  • ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

Nevada Library Association 2007 Conference The Lighter Side of LibrariesOctober 4-6, 2007