Libraries Schedule Healthy Living Programs

Pick up some health tips and get moving at your local library in October, which is Health Happens in Libraries Month. The Volusia County Public Library system has planned nearly 100 programs to help adults and children improve their health.

Daytona Beach Regional Library

105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach



Celebrate Health Happens Month with these documentaries:

  • “Worried Sick”: 2 p.m. Oct. 3. Stress is the curse of modern living – but is it actually so new? Whether it’s the panic that sets in before public speaking or the butterflies brought on by sitting in a dentist’s chair, everyone has experienced the age-old flight-or-fight response that once helped humankind evade predators. 60 minutes.
  • “Deadly Messengers”: 2 p.m. Oct. 10. Since the bubonic plague killed millions in the Middle Ages, vector-borne diseases – those that rely on insects and animals to spread infection – have posed a serious threat to public health. 56 minutes.
  • “How Safe Are We?”: 2 p.m. Oct. 17. During the past century, life expectancy more than doubled in developed countries. However, in the past few decades, 30 new infectious diseases have emerged.  56 minutes.  
  • “Disease Warriors”: 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Before there was an understanding of infectious diseases, few weapons were available to fight it. This documentary chronicles the groundbreaking work of early researchers, such as Louis Pasteur, who unmasked germs as the source of illness. 56 minutes.
  • “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic”: 2 p.m. Oct. 31. This film traces the causes behind the unprecedented growth in the use of prescription opioids and the devastating impact these drugs are having in virtually every part of America. 60 minutes.


Sunday Crafternoons: 1 p.m. every Sunday in October. Stop by the library and enjoy a healthy themed craft. All ages.

Toddler Jump and Jiggle: 10 a.m. every Wednesday in October. Children from 18-36 months old can attend a toddler dance party.  

Ready to Learn Pre-K Jump and Jiggle: 10 a.m. every Thursday in October. Children ages 3-5 can attend a preschool dance party.   

Teen Crafternoon:  2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2; and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Teens ages 13-17 can stop by the Launch Pad to make energy bites, a healthy snack.

Ready to Learn Pre-K Storytime: 10:30 a.m. every Thursday in October. Children ages 3-5 can attend a healthy themed storytime each week.

Mission Nutrition: 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. Children in grades K-5 will solve clues and participate in a healthy living escape room.  

Launch in the Library: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Children in grades K-5 will learn to make fresh, homemade butter.

Twilight Tales: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Join staff for a fabulous food storytime, craft and puppet show!  A light, healthy snack will be provided. All ages.

STREAM Saturday Dance Party: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Children in grades K-5 are invited to dance along with Just Dance on the Wii.

Teen Crafternoon: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Teens ages 13-17 will learn how to make fresh, homemade butter.

“Ratatouille”: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Children and their families can enjoy this food-filled movie. Rated PG, 111 minutes. All ages.

Launch in the Library: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Children in grades K-5 will learn to play watermelon chess.

Football Tailgating Extravaganza: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Children are invited to dress up in their favorite team clothing. Enjoy football stories, a craft, photo op and more. All ages.

DeBary Public Library

200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary


Toxin Free Beauty and Personal Care: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Join instructor Jamie Dundon for a fun and educational interactive class on DIY beauty and personal care items using essential oils. 


Little Readers Storytime: My Five Senses – Taste: 10 a.m. Oct. 2. Little ones can learn the difference between what is sweet, salty, sour and bitter, as well as what foods are healthiest.

Tiny Tinkers: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Following directly after Little Readers Storytime, preschoolers will experiment with their taste buds and create a “taste-related” arts and crafts project.

Arts and Crafternoons: 3 p.m. Oct. 2. Children in grades K-5 can create healthy edible art using fruits and vegetables. Take a picture and then eat and enjoy.

DeLand Regional Library

130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand


Advocating for Your Hospitalized Loved One: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. Medical Social Worker Paula Morton will provide a preview of the full version of this course, which will be held throughout October at the DeLand YMCA hosted by Volusia Senior Living. The course will translate the foreign words, abbreviations, procedures, tests and professions so you can play an informed role in your loved ones’ hospitalization. You will learn about navigating care, insurance coverage, advance directives and discharge options. Being a patient herself and having loved ones as patients created Morton’s desire to develop this course to help others.

Vegetarian Cuisine with Chef Warren: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. Chef Warren Caterson will show how vegetarian cuisine is not just for the back-to-nature crowd as he shares dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking for two. Chef Warren will explain why vegetarian meals should be part of a healthy diet. He will show you that your pantry and fridge are already stocked with the ingredients needed to prepare a host of vegetarian entrees. Chef Warren will end the presentation with a cooking demonstration, preparing a healthy entrée that anyone can replicate in their own home in less than 15 minutes. 

“Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”: 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Overweight Australian filmmaker Joe Cross attempts to wrestle back control of his failing health during a cross-country trek in which he engages everyday Americans in discussions about food and obesity in this lighthearted documentary addressing a deadly serious subject. Rated PG, 97 minutes.

“Miss You Already”: 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. An honest and powerful story following two best friends, Milly and Jess, as they navigate life’s highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything – secrets, clothes, even boyfriends – but nothing prepares them for the day Milly is hit with life-altering news. Rated PG-13, 112 minutes. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Tea: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kathy Diaz from the Florida Department of Health will discuss the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This breast and cervical cancer screening program provides reduced-cost or free mammograms, clinical breast exams and Pap smears to low-income, uninsured women between ages 50 and 64. Tea and treats will be served. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink. Registration begins Sept. 25.

Cooking Healthy with Apps: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Join staff for a tech class on a variety of food apps that can help you cook smarter and healthier. Bring your smartphone or tablet.

Healthy Recipes to Get Well Fed: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Get well fed with food demos and tastings. Staff will share two recipes. Recipe 1: Upgrade your lunch to avocado tuna salad using creamy avocado instead of mayo for a fresh and easy twist on the classic. Red onion and celery add some crunch, while lemon juice gives it some zing. Recipe 2: Strawberry-chocolate graham sandwiches are a quick treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth and with just 10 minutes of preparation time. This dessert features sweet strawberries and a smooth flavored cream cheese, sandwiched between chocolate graham crackers. Registration opens Oct. 12.

Pet Health: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Animal protectionist Evie Salter cares about the health and well-being of our furry family members. As a horse breeder and trainer of harness racehorses, she advocates conservative methods to keep horses in good health and free of injuries. In her book, “Everything Your Cat Wants You to Know,” she writes about cat health. Her co-author, a cat nicknamed “Mo,” through his advice column in a local newspaper, helped owners of all types of pets to keep them in good health. She will share some of the delightful letters Mo received from his readers and advice you can use to keep your own pets healthy.


Family Storytime: 2 p.m. every Saturday in October. Children of all ages will enjoy stories, songs and interactive activities with a healthy focus.

Little Readers Storytime: 10:30 a.m. every Thursday in October. Children ages 2-5 will enjoy stories, songs and interactive activities with a healthy focus. Storytime is followed by kindergarten readiness activities.

Little Readers Wiggle, Giggle, Groove: 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Jump and dance in this program for ages 2-5. It’s a pre-K dance party.

Crafternoons: Healthy Waffle Challenge: 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Did you know you can make delicious waffles that are healthy? See if you are up to the challenge by creating your own masterpiece. Ages 5-12.

Be Confident! 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Local life coach Dr. Primrose Cameron will encourage kids and read her book “Princess Primrose Goes to Washington.” Ages 5-12.

MakerLab: Breathe In, Breathe Out: 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. Learn about your amazing lungs and make a model that will show you how we breathe. Ages 5-12.


Wild Wednesday – DNA Strands: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Teens will learn about DNA structure and build a model of a DNA strand. 

Wild Wednesday – Safe Driving Tips:  4 p.m. Wednesday, October 16.  Teens will pick up safe driving tips and learn how to stay safe on the road.

Be Confident! Noon Saturday, Oct. 19. Local life coach Dr. Primrose Cameron will inspire and encourage teens in middle and high school. She will also read a copy of her book, “Princess Primrose Goes to Washington.”

Deltona Regional Library

2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona



Seed Swap and Plant Propagation: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct 5. Growing your own food is good for your health and your food budget. Gardeners are invited to bring their seeds, plants or cuttings to swap with other gardeners from 10 to 11 a.m. Master Gardener Howard Jeffries will answer questions.  

Hospice Care: 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct 10. Learn about the services hospice care provides with Deb Korfage-Amborn of Halifax Health Hospice. 

Eating Healthy on a Budget: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 16. Learn how to shop to get the most value for your money and how to make cost cutting meals.

Brain Games: 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 23. Join in the fun. Play memory games that sharpen your mind.

Sit and Be Fit:  2 p.m. Thursday, Oct 24. Move with guided exercise at your own pace and limitations for 30 minutes. Afterward, participants will create a scented bracelet using a variety of beads and essential oils.

Health Resources:  9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 30. Learn about different places to find reliable information to help keep you healthy. 

Edgewater Public Library

103 W. Indian River Blvd., Edgewater



Essential Oils Workshop: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Donna Cook of Waters Edge Essential Oils will explain the holistic benefits of essential oils, how to use them correctly, and the many ways oils can improve your health and wellness.

Hope Place Public Library 

1310 Wright St., Daytona Beach 



Wii Just Dance: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct 19. Join staff for this all-day dancing event. Players will dance on a first come, first to dance basis. All ages are welcome.   

Sit and Be Fit: 10:30 a.m. every Monday. Start your week off with a fitness program that focuses on stretch and strengthening exercises that are done in a seated position. Pre-registration is required. Ages 18 and over. 


Ready to Learn Pre-K Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct 8. Children and caregivers will experience fiction and nonfiction books, rhymes, music and activities that develop the skills to prepare for entrance into kindergarten. The theme will be emotions. Ages 3-5 years.

STREAM: TinkerLab: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 15. Join staff for the library’s first Wii Just Dance competition. Only 12 spots are available, so pre-registration is required. Ages 5-11. 

STREAM: Teen MakerLab Club: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 16. Get moving with Will Just Dance and this Wii dancing competition. Only 12 spots are available, so pre-registration is required. Ages 11 to 18. 

John H. Dickerson Heritage Library 

411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach



Paging Dr. Google: 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Seventy-two percent of internet users seek health information online, but many don’t know where to look. Library staff will introduce library databases, digital journals and websites to help you find medical information. Ages 18 and up.

Health Happens Film Series: 1:30 p.m. every Friday in October. The library will show of series of movies concerning mental health, chronic disease and obesity. 

  • Oct. 4: “Antwone Fisher”
  • Oct. 11: “The Shape of Water”
  • Oct. 18: “The Fault in Our Stars”
  • Oct. 25: “Fast Food Nation” 

Sit and Be Fit: 11 a.m. every Thursday. Adults can join staff for an hour of low impact exercises to increase flexibility and strengthen muscles. Bring bottled water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes.    


Twilight Tales: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Learn about healthy eating through nonfiction books, rhymes, music and activities during this evening storytime. Afterward, staff will serve a healthy snack. Ages 0 to 5.

Ready to Learn Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7 and 14. The theme will be good habits and exercise. Children and caregivers will experience nonfiction books, rhymes, music and activities that develop the skills to prepare for kindergarten. After storytime, staff will serve a healthy snack. Ages 2 to 5.

Emoji Game Night: 4:15 p.m. Oct. 10. Have you ever been upset but couldn’t explain your feelings? Learn all 27 human emotions by playing emoji Bingo, Scrabble and Pictionary. Ages 6 and up.

Rethink your Drink: 4:15 p.m. Oct. 21. Do you know how much sugar is in your favorite drink? Join the library staff to learn how much sugar we consume on a daily basis. Ages 6 and up.

Protect your Lungs: 4:15 p.m. Oct. 28. The lungs are one of the most essential organs. Using household products, teens and tweens will create a simulated healthy lung and an unhealthy lung that has used tobacco. Ages 10 and up.

New Smyrna Beach Library

1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach 



Five Wishes: 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct 3. Deb Korfage-Amborn of Halifax Health will share information about the Five Wishes living will program.

Hatha Yoga: 5:30 p.m. every Monday in October. Yoga instructor Holly Clement will lead a Hatha yoga class that will emphasize basic yoga poses. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a towel or mat and hydration. 

Books and cookies: 1 p.m. Thursday. Oct 10. Book lovers can share and discuss their favorite books over cookies. Meet new people and discover new books. Refreshments will be provided. 

Food Club: 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct 14. Bring a heart healthy dish and recipe to share.

Simple Cooking with Heart: 2 p.m. Monday, Oct 14. Eating healthy can be a lot simpler than most people think. Limiting sugar and making substitutions can go a long way toward improving your heart’s overall health. Applying simple steps to your cooking habits can help create great tasting, healthy meals that you and your family will love. 

Health Fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct 18. Community organizations will present information on a variety of health services and issues.  


Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesdays. This traditional storytime, for ages 2-5, features reading, finger plays, music and activity songs. The theme will be “Who’s growing?” 

Lego Challenge: 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Imagine it? Build it with Lego blocks. Children in grades K-6 will be challenged to build different healthy creations at each program. Constructions will be displayed in the library.  

Baby Time: 10 a.m. Wednesdays. This early learning program provides a gentle introduction to rhyme, clapping, stories and other babies. Scarves and bubbles may be used. The theme for the Oct. 23 program will be healthy eating. Infants up to 2 years. 

Baby Play Date: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Babies and caregivers can enjoy time together in this unstructured play program. Babies learn healthy nonverbal communication skills like sharing. Birth to 2 years.

Art Aces: 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Students can enjoy guided projects with a healthy twist in a creative atmosphere. Grades K-6.

Twinkle Tales: 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays. Jump in your jammies, bring your blankie or stuffed animal, and snuggle on the floor. We’ll share stories and a whole lot more. Enjoy a fairy tale, a rhyme and a song. This month’s theme is “Who’s Growing?” Ages 2-7.

Listen Up: 10 a.m. Thursdays. Listen and learn while the librarian shares fun and funny books and songs. Each week has a healthy theme to explore. Parents and children enjoy a special time reading together, while waiting for “Shake it Up” to begin. Ages 2-6.

Shake it Up: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Jump into this exciting program with movement and activities set to music. Children learn to play together using the balance beam, tunnel, bean bags with music and musical chairs. Ages 2-6.

Teen Coloring: 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. Teens unwind with an hour of coloring. All materials will be provided. Ages 11-17. 

Orange City Public Library

148 Albertus Way, Orange City



Crafernoons @ the Library: 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. School-age children and their families can drop by the library and try their hand at a health-related craft. Crafting is a fun way children can fine-tune motor skills and express creativity. Thematic stories may be shared, and related library materials will be available for checkout.

Ormond Beach Regional Library

30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach



Home Health Care, from Front Porch to Medicine Cabinet: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. Halifax Care at Home professionals will describe and explain services available to the homebound.

“Generation Zapped”: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. This nonfiction movie investigates the dangers of radiation from wireless technologies.

“Beyond Food”:  2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. This nonfiction movie explores the available possibilities for people to achieve maximum health.

Tai Chi – Meditation in Motion: 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Instructor Carol Provancher will teach beginner tai chi with low impact, easy movements.


Young Yogis:  3 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 2 and 9. Children in grades K-5 can join staff for fun, healthy and relaxing yoga lessons. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. 

Port Orange Regional Library

1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange

386-322-5152, option 1, then 4


Mental Health First Aid: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Shawn Proctor, a certified mental health first aid instructor at SMA Healthcare, will discuss mental health first aid, the scope of mental health issues in the United States, and how to help people who are in a mental health crisis.

The Retirement Years: Without Health there is No Wealth: 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. With so much focus on preparing financially for retirement, personal health is often overlooked. Dr. Terry Kahn of Port Orange Family Chiropractic will discuss the importance of preparing your health for retirement.

Public Health Preparedness: 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Attend this informative discussion on how you and your family can be ready for any type of hazard incident. This presentation from the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will provide helpful tips and tools you can use to ensure you are ready to endure disease outbreaks, hurricanes, severe weather, flooding, wildfires and other events.

“The Gene Doctors”: 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Every year, over a million babies are born worldwide with a hereditary disease – most are serious, and many are fatal. For much of history, doctors could only treat symptoms. Now an elite cadre of pioneers, gene doctors, is starting to target root causes. Through intimate stories of families whose lives are being transformed. This documentary takes viewers to the genesis of a medical revolution. 54 minutes.

Tech Tuesday: Health Related Databases: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Learn all about the health related resources available at the library’s website. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Community Health Fair: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Community organizations will present information on a variety of health services and issues. Participating organizations include Walgreens, Heart of Volusia, Benton House, Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, Strategies Inc. ABA, Halifax Health, Nutritionist Sharon Herr, Original Strength, Port Orange Family Chiropractic, and more. Flu, pneumonia and hepatitis A shots will be offered by Walgreens. Bring your insurance information. 

Healthy Living Group: 11 a.m. to Noon Saturday, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26.  Do you need to lose a few pounds, want to reverse diabetes, or learn how to make better food choices for optimal health? Registered Dietitian Sharon Herr will lead a group discussion on the benefits of healthy living and on how you can get started on the path to good health.

Breakthrough Cancer Technology: 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Breast Patient Care Navigator Jennifer Peludat provides an overview of the newest in breast cancer technology and inter-operative radiation therapy.

“Understanding the Opioid Epidemic”: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. This documentary examines the toll of opioid addiction on individuals, families and communities through personal stories, including a couple who lost their son to prescription painkillers, and expert commentary. 60 minutes.

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 22. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies, and plan for the future. Tanya Thompson of the Alzheimer’s Association will lead this program.

Genetic Genealogy Basics: 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Genealogist Jim Lannin presents an overview of DNA testing for Genealogy and a comparison of the various DNA testing companies. He will also discuss genetics and health testing that these companies now provide.

A Balanced Lifestyle – Body, Mind, Spirit. 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Massage therapist and certified yoga, tai chi and fitness instructor Ed Eisler presents an informative talk on balancing all aspects of your life.

All about Cryotherapy and Oxygen Therapy: 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Arielle Van Eck of Seaside Cryotherapy and Oxygen Bar will discuss cryotherapy and oxygen therapies, how they work, the process, benefits, and possible side effects of both.


Toddler storytime: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, and 22. Celebrate health, fitness and nutrition during this special storytime for 2-year-olds that includes songs, stories, movement activities and more. 

Preschool storytime: 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, and 23. Join library staff for a storytime that’s all about health, nutrition and staying active. The group will share songs, stories, movement activities and more. Ages 3-5.

Babies in laps storytime: 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Stop by for a health-themed storytime for babies who are not yet walking and their caregivers. The program will include books, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, music, bouncing, clapping, sensory activities, bubbles and lift-the-baby fun.

Babies on the move storytime: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Save the date for this storytime focused on health for babies who are just beginning to walk up to 24 months and their caregivers. Activities will include books, rhymes, music, toys, movement, sensory activities and rhythms.

Teens get up and move: 4:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Join staff for an afternoon of exercises, dancing and movement activities. Grades 6-12.

Wellness for teens: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Registered Nurse Teri Culver of the Florida Department of Health will offer tips to help keep teens healthy and confident. She will discuss the importance of hair washing, keeping your skin clean, and overall basic practices for staying clean and healthy. Grades 6-12. 

Craft Saturday: All day Saturday, Oct. 19. A craft activity that promotes wellness will be available in the children’s room throughout the day, along with special food-themed puzzles. Grades 5 and under.

The Volusia County Public Library system includes 14 branches that offer access to a wealth of print and digital information. Visit to access health and medical databases and materials in the library collection.

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