Service Alerts

We're OPEN! NEW hours at all locations starting October 18. Proof of vaccination NOT required to use Library at this time.
Starting Nov 1, your Library Card # and Library PIN will be needed to use OverDrive and Libby. This PIN is the same one used to access other digital Library resources.
Print from Home now available!
Your Library is now FINE FREE!

Are You Health Literate?

60% of adult Canadians lack the capacity to obtain, understand and act upon health information and services and to make appropriate health decisions on their own(Health Literacy in Canada: Initial Results form the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALLS)). Almost 90% of Canadian seniors lack the literacy skills to understand medication and safety instructions (State of Learning in Canada: No Time for Complacency by the Canadian Council on Learning).

People with literacy challenges do not know where to go for help, cannot read nutrition labels on food, cannot read medical instructions and take medicine in proper doses and at the proper time, cannot fill out medical release forms, cannot follow safety instructions and don't know how to get information on the best treatments for disease. They gain little from health education materials that discuss the benefits of such things as nutrition, sleep, exercise, preventive healthcare, early screenings, product safety etc.

The library is in a position to offer assistance. For anyone who struggles with reading, check out our adult literacy collection in the Lifelong Learning and Literacy Centre on the second floor of Central Library. This collection includes many short, easily readable health materials such as How to Get Well When You're Sick or Hurt by Nancy Lobb, a book which talks about choosing a doctor, where to get help in an emergency, reading medicine lables, shoppring for medicine and much more. For those of you who don't struggle with reading but who need more indepth, advanced medical information be sure to visit our Sifton Family Health and Wellness Centre also on the second floor of Central Library. Don't forget much of the most current medical information is available through our many health related databases, available through our website. Should you decide to visit us in person be sure to stop by the second floor reference desk at Central Library for even more assistance.