Libraries, Byrnes Center offer online health education

Posted by on November 3, 2012 in Healthy/Happy | 0 comments

York County Libraries and the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center launched a joint initiative that will provide free access to an award-winning database of health information to York County Libraries’ cardholders.

Thanks to an $18,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the extensive LearntobeHealthy.org health education website will now be available at no charge to York County Library cardholders for one year. The subscription site is currently used by more than 6.7 million students world-wide in more than 160 countries.

“It will bring health information to children, teens, and adults in York County,” explains Paula Gilbert, director of children and youth services for York County Libraries. “Interested individuals simply sign up at their libraries, and after the registration process is complete, they will have free online access to this incredible site.”

The database features components designed especially for teachers and parents, kids in grades K – 6, and teens in grades 7 – 12. Its web-based activities use a variety of media and educational modalities, such as animation, vivid graphics and sound effects to make learning fun.

In addition to the electronic resources, staff from the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center will be presenting a variety of health programs at all 13 York County Libraries throughout the year. The schedule will be announced at the libraries and online at www.yorklibraries.org.

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