Baker, Voss participate in ‘No Shave November’ at Ramona Library
Two staff members at the Ramona Branch of San Diego County Library looked a bit fuzzy last month in celebration of “No Shave November,” an adaptation of an Australian tradition that has become popular worldwide.
Youth Services Librarian JP Baker and Library Technician Mike Voss refrained from shaving their faces for the entire month, and shared their progress with the community.
Along with a poster chronicling their beard growth, customers enjoyed a poster featuring different types of beards and were able to check out books from a large display of titles related to men’s health and interests. This interactive campaign sought to drive attention to men’s health issues.
No Shave November hails from a tradition among men in Australia and New Zealand. In these regions, men grow mustaches during the month of November, as part of a custom known as “Movember,” which serves as a fundraising event for men’s health issues.
The library also put together a booklist of men’s health books that are available for request and check out at bit.ly/MensHealthBooks.
“No Shave November is a powerful way to remind the community of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer,” said Baker. “The public library is a sanctuary of education, learning, and open access. What better forum is there for a campaign devoted to public awareness and healthier lifestyles?”
While the campaign was not a contest, Baker believes Voss would have won if there were one.
“His (beard) was pretty thick,” said Baker.
“I can’t argue with that,” commented Voss.
For more information on No Shave November and other activities at Ramona Library, contact branch staff at 760-788-5270.
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