Health Literacy Month: Take charge of your health

Observed each October, Health Literacy Month highlights the importance of making health information easy to understand and making the health care system easier to navigate. Learn more at health.gov »

Want to take charge of your health? Your public library can help you access trusted health information through online resources, books, and more. Plus, join us for health and wellness programs on a variety of topics, featuring local speakers offering understandable health information.

Learn more about health and wellness at your library and meet Health & Wellness Librarian Juanita Harrell »

Online health & wellness resources

Your library card gives you access to subscription-based resources that Google can’t offer:

  • Consumer Health Complete: Content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.
  • Medline: Abstracts of articles in medicine, dentistry, and nursing (not full text).
  • RBdigital: 64 current subscriptions to popular and local interest titles, including current issues of Men’s Health, Prevention, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, and Yoga. Checkouts are unlimited, and you can keep titles for as long as you choose!

Health & wellness titles: What we suggest

Well-being titles, selected by our librarians


Mental health wellness books, selected in conjunction with the upcoming Community on a Shelf: Exploring the Human Side of Mental Illness exhibit by VersAnnette Blackman


Upcoming health & wellness events

Midday Meditation
Thursdays, 12-12:30 pm, Main Library Book Discussion Room. Stop by for a midday meditation led by Betsy Grimm.

  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5

Thrive Talks Speaker Series: Inspiring Healthy Families
7-9 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. Enrich your life with this speaker series presented by Thrive Counseling Center. RSVP not required but appreciated at wlacey@thrivecc.org or 708.383.7500, ext. 111. Join us for any and all events in the series:

  • Wednesday, October 9: Suicide, a Health Crisis, with Thrive Executive Director John Meister
  • Thursday, November 14: Becoming an Even Better Parent, with Steven Parker, LMFT
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020: Trauma: A Collaborative Presentation With Sarah’s Inn, with Marian Sassetti, MD, FAAFP
  • Thursday March 5, 2020: What About Us? Family, Friends, and Loved Ones of People With Addictions, with Mary Ann Daly, MA, LCPC
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020: Anxiety in Children and Teens: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment, with Heidi Hamernik, PhD

Medicare Educational Seminar
Thursdays, 5-6 pm, Main Library Computer Classroom. Get answers to your questions about Medicare. Learn what Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, as well as potential out-of-pocket exposure. Plus, get information about Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Coverage, and cost saving strategies for the year ahead. Presented by Ivan Morgan from Premier Medicare Benefits.

Shriners Hospitals Informational
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, Main Library Community Engagement Space. Learn about Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago’s pediatric specialty care offered to kids, 0 to 18 years old, with orthopedic, cleft lip and palate, and rehabilitation needs including spinal cord injuries.

  • October 16
  • November 13
  • December 11

Toxic Masculinity: An Interactive Workshop & Conversation
Monday, October 28, 6-8 pm, Main Library Small Meeting Room. Join Dr. Ada Cheng, a professor-turned-storyteller, performing artist, and storytelling show producer, for mini-presentations, critical dialogues, and video clips that examine the following issues:

  • What is toxic masculinity?
  • Why is it important to examine it under the current sociopolitical climate?
  • Where does it all start and how does it manifest itself?
  • How does it affect all of us?
  • How can individual and collective changes take place?

Register now »

Art Exhibit Opening & Reception: Community on a Shelf: Exploring the Human Side of Mental Illness by VersAnnette Blackman
Saturday, October 19, 2-5 pm, Main Library Community Engagement Space. Join us for an opening reception for Community on a Shelf: Exploring the Human Side of Mental Illness on display in the Main Library Lobby Community Engagement Space. Meet the artist and celebrate the creative works of VersAnnette Blackman LMT. As an artist, writer, advocate, and healing arts practitioner, she has 10+ years experience as a trauma informed facilitator in various settings including domestic violence shelters and Chicago high schools. The exhibit will be on display through November. Learn more »

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