April: National Donate Life Month

Provided by The Pulse and Gale’s Health and Wellness Resource Center:

Every day 75 people receive life-changing, if not life-saving organ transplants, but every day 20 people die while waiting for transplants, and at any given time more than 100,000 people are waiting for transplants, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. With more than 2.5 million deaths in the United States each year, the number of people waiting could be significantly lower if more people would register as donors.

Promoting it will be easy with these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

Quick and Easy

Coloring Pages:

Activity Pages:

Featured Resources


Reliable Online Information for Adults:

Book Club

Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Shuster, 2007). ALA Best Books For Young Adults, ALA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

From the publisher: “In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called ‘unwinding.’ Unwinding ensures that the child’s life doesn’t ‘technically’ end by transplanting all the organs in the child’s body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound.

With breath-taking suspense, this book follows three teens who all become runaway Unwinds: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost-cutting; and Lev, his parents’ tenth child whose unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Shusterman examines serious moral issues in a way that will keep readers turning the pages to see if Connor, Risa, and Lev avoid meeting their untimely ends.”

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Book: Simon & Shuster, 2004; Feature Film: New Line Cinema, 2009)

From the author’s website: “Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate – a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now.”

Tie In

Earth Day / Arbor Day Story Time: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The giving tree is a classic children’s story that demonstrates the same kind of self-sacrifice that organ donors make. It also ties in Earth Day (April 22nd) and Arbor Day (April 27th) :

Community Resources

Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker, or other local resources here:

Publicity Resources

Use these free publicity resources alongside your library’s April programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or fliers – to promote National Donate Life Month at your library.

Donate Life America Promotional Materials

Fun Stuff

Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:


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