2007 Library News

 Community Health Fair Comes to Midwest City Library

You’re never too young or too old to take your health seriously, and the Midwest City Library will help you learn how to get started with taking care of yourself.

The Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno, will host a series of health related events all day on Monday, November 5, 2007.  The day will kick off with a free seminar “Free Online Medical Resources” at 9:30 am.  At 1 pm, the Midwest City Community Health Fair will begin in the parking lot, with workshops going on all day and free health screening booths opening at 3 pm.  All ages are welcome to attend.

“This is a huge undertaking for us,” said Librarian Beth Wilson, “but we couldn’t be more happy to be taking it on. 

“The Oklahoma Lion's Mobile Health Screening Unit will be here to provide the following free tests and screenings: hearing, eye, glaucoma, blood pressure, blood sugar and bone density.  For the blood sugar test, people need to fast for 12 hours before they get here to make sure the test is accurate.  They can consume only water, black coffee, or plain tea.  For the bone density test, folks need to wear socks instead of pantyhose.

“Everyone needs to allow at least 30 minutes to complete all tests.”

Other health booths and information will be available, as well as free seminars and health classes throughout the day. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

The Free Online Medical Resources workshop will be from 9:30 to 11:00am.  This class will provide participants with information they need to find, evaluate, and successfully search medical resources online, using free public websites and library databases.

“Anyone attending this workshop,” Wilson said, “can bring a wireless-accessible laptop for a hands-on experience.  It’s free and open to the public, but space is limited.” 

From 1:45 to 2:45pm, Larry Jones, from the Social Security Administration, will be on hand to discuss the future of Social Security and what changes are in store for the coming year.

“We’ll lighten things up a little during the workshop that lasts from 4:00 to 5:00pm when Linda Murphy, a licensed therapist teaches us how to use humor to cope with the stress of life.

“And we don't want anyone to miss out on the free massages, foot examinations for diabetics, healthy snacks, and even door prizes,” Wilson added.

“We ask that all those who are interested call us at 732-4828 to pre-register,” Wilson said, “or visit the information desk at the Midwest City Library for more information.”

 This Health Fair is made possible by a grant from the Midwest City Hospital Authority.  Co-sponsors include Literacy Link, Midwest City Lion's Club, Midwest Regional Health Center, Autumn Bridge Hospice, and Alterra Sterling House.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org