ABOUT LET’S MOVE IN LIBRARIES

Regular physical activity has many health benefits for individuals of all ages and abilities. It can lengthen your life, help prevent illness, improve mental health, increase confidence, and build and sustain lifelong physical literacy.

But more importantly, it is fun! Research shows that moving together in libraries builds community.

Movement-based programs can also bring new people to public libraries who have not visited yet. On January 26, 2018, Atlanta’s WSB-TV2 published a story on “10 Super Cool Things You can do for Free with a Library Card.” What’s number one on the list? Get fit! People are seeking ways to develop healthier lives, and libraries are safe, trusted community centers, open to all ages and a perfect place to support health and wellness through fun, accessible programs.

The Let’s Move in Libraries project focuses on supporting health and wellness with physical activity in public libraries. The project was inspired by Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which focused on increasing physical activity and healthy living among Americans. Mrs. Obama worked to increase physical activity through museums. We continue her legacy by working to increase physical activity through libraries in the U.S., Canada, and other places in the world.

NEWS AND UPDATES FROM LET’S MOVE IN LIBRARIES CAN BE FOUND IN OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, AND OUR TWITTER HANDLE. JOIN OVER 2,000 PUBLIC LIBRARIAN WHO PARTICIPATE IN LET’S MOVE IN LIBRARIES!

OUR MILESTONES

September 2016 – Project Launch

Fall 2016 – Development of Let’s Move in Libraries Survey

Winter 2016/2017 – Interviews with North Carolina public library staff that offer movement-based programs – 39 public libraries participate

Spring 2017 – Distribution of Let’s Move in Libraries Survey – 1622 librarians responded

June 2017 – Let’s Move in Libraries Quarterly Webinar Series Began

Summer 2017 – Mapped movement-based programming in North American public libraries

September 2017 – Presentation at Association for Rural and Small Libraries

December 2017 – Survey results published in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

Spring 2018 – Website re-development in partnership with Impact through Innovation

April 2018 – Interview results published in Library Quarterly

WEBINARS

THE ‘LIBRARY OF THINGS’ & ACTIVE LIVING

HEALTH & WELLNESS AT THE LIBRARY

MOVEMENT-BASED PROGRAMS IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES: BEST PRACTICES FROM THE U.S. & CANADA

LET’S MOVE IN LIBRARIES

LET’S MOVE IN LIBRARIES PEOPLE

We need YOU! Join our Advisory Board and shape the future of Let’s Move in Libraries. The inaugural member is Jenn Carson, the library director of the LP Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. Join us!

DR. NOAH LENSTRA, MLS
DR. NOAH LENSTRA, MLSAssistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
DR. ELLEN RUBENSTEIN
DR. ELLEN RUBENSTEINAssociate Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Oklahoma
JENN CARSON
JENN CARSONLibrary Director of the LP Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. Advisory Board Member

Let’s Move in Libraries was founded and directed by Dr. Noah Lenstra, MLS, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Lenstra contributes columns to Public Libraries Online about how to increase physical activity through libraries. His research has also been published in Library Quarterly, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, Public Library Quarterly, the Journal of Library Administration, and Mississippi Libraries. Dr. Lenstra works on analyzing results from the Let’s Move in Libraries survey with Dr. Ellen Rubenstein, a professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Oklahoma.

He shared his expertise on physical activity promotion in public libraries at the conferences of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the American Library Association’s Association for Library Service to Children, the Association for Library and Information Science Educators, Big Talk from Small Libraries, the Charlotte (NC) Metrolina Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, and the Azalea Coast Library Association.

The project has received financial and logistical support from Impact Through Innovation, an initiative of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education.

Contact us to invite Dr. Lenstra or a team member to your next conference, or to provide continuing education for your staff.

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