Pick a Health Topic & Check Out a Tote Bag

Health Literacy Bags

Maplewood Library is partnering with the Overlook Medical Center and Morristown Medical Center libraries in a program to provide resources to help improve health and health literacy in our community. These resources are packed into Health Literacy Tote Bags, which library patrons can check out at the Main Library and Hilton Branch.

Each bag is filled with books, and many have CDs, DVDs and links to online resources. All Include literature that patrons may keep. The bags can be checked out by Maplewood Library resident cardholders for four weeks and can be reserved.

Each tote bags contain information on a specific health topic. The topics include:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Bereavement/Grief
  • Caregiver Health
  • Diabetes
  • Fall and Injury Prevention
  • Healthy Weight
  • Heart Health
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Mental Health
  • Opioid and Substance Abuse
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Prediabetes
  • Strength Improvement
  • Stroke Recovery

(Tote bags with Spanish language materials are available at Hilton Branch for Diabetes and Opioid and Substance Abuse.)

One example is the Mental Health tote bag, which contains books and handouts on mental health, info on how exercise can be used to manage depression and anxiety, and other useful guides for emotional well-being. The bag also includes guided meditation CDs for stress relief, relaxation and wellness.

This important health initiative is designed to support and strengthen the Maplewood community, further the Library’s mission to “build community and enrich the quality of life throughout Maplewood by bringing together diverse people, information and ideas”, and draw on health literacy as a key pillar in linking the community to healthier lifestyles and outcomes.

This program is supported in part by funding from the Chubb Foundation and Novartis.