#BlackLivesMatter: Community Health All-Night

Queens Borough Public Library also known as Queens Public Library or QPL, in collaboration with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association BCALA, will conduct a 24-hour virtual event that will provide health information that is accessible, necessary, and interesting to the African American community in Queens and nationwide. Medical experts will share information on health topics that are relevant to members of the Black community in every stage of life. Health topics would include COVID-19, mental health, common chronic illnesses, healthy relationships, and ways to keep family members healthy. In the overnight hours of the event, we will examine health issues like insomnia and enjoy programming on topics like yoga nidra, before participants wake up to sun salutations. Health topics will focus on action steps that can be taken to improve health and will be integrated with an array of physical activity, entertainment e.g., author talks, Happy Hour Healthy Mixology, and DJ sets, and discussions to guide young people of color toward careers in healthcare and librarianship. We will also create programming specifically discussing the Research Program and Medline Plus, such as a program on the lack of diversity in medical research.

Project Details

Organization Name

Queens Library

Organization Type
Public library
Project Lead

Tamara Michel

New York
Start Date
November 1, 2020
End Date
April 30, 2021
Funding Amount
Student, College & Post-grad
Student, K-12
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Children (0-12 yrs.)
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Seniors (65+ yrs.)
Teens (13-18 yrs.)
Blacks/African Americans
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health