Health & Wellness

Livingston Public Library awarded a grant for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


LIVINGSTON, NJ – The Livingston Library recently received a $750 grant from the New Jersey State Library, with funds from a Bristol-Myers-Squibb Company anti-trust settlement, to be used to honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.  The library has used these funds to obtain a new collection of books and other materials on cancer prevention and treatment.

After doing research, Reference Librarian Archana Chiplunkar selected 14 new books and two DVDs, for the grant. A number of these resources are in the Reference collection for use in the Library while the rest may be borrowed.

According to the Library, one selection entitled, "Be informed. Be empowered. Be well," by Sue Friedman is a good choice for those who are concerned that the cancer in their family is hereditary. “This helpful, informative guide answers your questions as you confront hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.”

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In addition to these items, the Library also provides access to online databases that provide more comprehensive and real time information.  The Library’s databases can be searched from home or at a computer on premise.

For example, the Library is able to boast “Health Source: Consumer Edition” as the “richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide.” Another website is Medline Plus which is tailored to patients and their families and friends. It is sponsored and produced by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Both of these are sponsored by the New Jersey State Library and can be found at 

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