The Crandon Public Library has received national recognition for its recent health initiatives, including its participation in the Forest County Ties That Bind Us color run and its partnership with the Forest County Health Department’s Couch-to-5k Kickstart promotion. The recognitions comes in the form of an article published in the October 1, 2016 edition of Library Journal. The article is titled “The Library is In : innovative public libraries help patrons not just find reliable wellness information but connect to health aid when they need it” and is part of the issue’s cover article. The article explains that the Crandon Public Library first began expanding its health programming in 2011, when Library Director Michelle Gobert was “invited to participate in the Forest County Health Department’s five-year strategic planning session”. The article highlights the Health Happens in Libraries grant that was awarded in 2015 and features photos of the Iron Chef event held at the School District of Crandon as well as photos from the 2016 Ties That Bind Us Colors of Cancer run.
The Library staff and Board of Directors is extremely proud of this national recognition. Library Journal’s readership includes “professionals from public, academic, research, and institutional libraries from the United States, and around the world, as well as publishers and vendors with an interest in serving libraries and their patrons.” According to the Library Journal website, it currently has 12,000+ subscribers.