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May 21, 2008 > New Materials Available at the Washington Community Health Resource Library

New Materials Available at the Washington Community Health Resource Library

Have a question about your health? Want to know more about a recent diagnosis? New books and CDs are arriving every month at Washington Hospital's Community Health Resource Library, which is open to the public five days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Located on the first floor of Washington West (2500 Mowry Avenue, Suite 100), the library issues membership cards to anyone with a valid ID who wants to check out books, DVDs or download medical articles into various languages through the library's subscription information service called ProQuest. Through this system, a request for a full text document can be converted into languages such as Spanish, German and Chinese in just a few minutes. A library full of InHealth Channel 78 programs are also available to check out on DVD as well.

The new arrivals section in the library has added many new books to their collection. The library's new collection has books on osteoporosis, skin and nails, prostate cancer, physical fitness, and diabetes to name a few. This added selection in the library offers new books on familiar and uncommon 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 and to check their blood pressure or bone density," 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 and skin care in the summer are common requests and new titles dealing with these topics 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 and we are in constant search for library volunteers who want to give back to the community."

New title selections include: "Grow Youthful," "The Nature of Food Allergy," "Parenting Children with Health Issues," "Minor Emergencies: Splinters to Fracture,", "Defeating Depression," "Rethinking Thin," and other health related matters. New videos on arthritis, joint surgery, knee surgery and alcoholism, irritable bowl syndrome, diabetic complications and allergies, hayfever and The Biggest Loser are also available.

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 information.

The library also offers free osteoporosis screening from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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 hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Osteoporosis or bone density hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 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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