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Check out books, blood pressure at this library

In addition to checking out books and summer programs, visitors can now stop by the Washington County Public Library for a free blood pressure check.

Anna Odom and Deborah Leigh Dixon, with the Alabama Department of Public Health, helped set up the blood pressure testing program in early June when they delivered a machine now easily accessible for library patrons.

Dixon said the WCPL in Chatom is the first in the state to offer the free blood pressure checks. “We jumped on the opportunity to partner with the library here and believe this will provide an example for other libraries across the state to join us,” Dixon said.

Library director Jessica Ross said, "In a rural community, resources are limited and so you have to try to bring the resources to the people.”

She added, “At the library, people from all different backgrounds and ages and situations are coming in. They will take advantage of this service, and we can help inform the public on what the other health resources are out there.”

Ross said this fits her vision for the library.  “Whatever you are looking for, we will have something to help you,” she said.

 

Photos by Eliza Wilkins

Last Updated: June 17, 2019