CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health funds health-related resources for Public Library collections

Hank the Health Hero
Hank the Health Hero checks out health books at the library.

New health-related resources that encourage youth to develop healthy habits are now available at Lancaster County public libraries and the bookmobile!  These new resources were funded by a grant of $1,700 from CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health that was awarded to the Library System of Lancaster County on behalf of its member libraries and the bookmobile.   The new collections are related to the Health Habits, Healthy Smiles! Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge that was held at public libraries this past summer.  Hank the Health Hero, the CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health mascot, was introduced to children during summer reading program as a way engage them in developing positive health habits.

Programs included “Hank’s Healthy Habits”, “Sink Your Teeth into Science”, and “Let’s Talk Teeth”. Children and their families will be able to check out books to reinforce the lessons learned this past summer.  Books such as, Smile Says Little Crocodile; My Tooth is Loose Dr. MooseMy First Trip to the Dentist, and My Plate and You (Health and Body) are among the titles that will enhance the libraries’ collections.

“We are pleased to be able to support CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health since we know that the books will be read and shared with children.  These books will extend the message of developing children’s healthy habits in a fun and meaningful way!” states Renee M. Christiansen, Youth Services Manager for the Library System.

For more information about CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, visit

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