Welcome to the April 2018 newsletter of Let’s Move in Libraries. This edition highlights our next, free webinar, which will focus on “Physical Activity Programming for Older Adults.”
This project focuses on how public libraries create opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to engage in healthy physical activity. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with what public libraries do to get their communities moving.
Physical Activity Programming for Older Adults:
How to Start and Sustain them at your Library through Community Partnerships
Join us Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 1 p.m. Eastern Time, for a free, action-packed one-hour webinar that will give you the information and inspiration you need to start, sustain, and extend physical activity programs for older adults at your library.
We will begin with Stephanie Dailey, the director of the U.S. National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life campaign. She will share with you free, tested resources, including videos, that you can use in your library to start and sustain physical activity programs.
We will then hear from two public librarians who have successfully started and sustained physical activity programs for older adults at their libraries through community partnerships. For over a decade, the Rural Hall Public Library in Forsyth County, North Carolina, has offered a free, weekly Sittercise class in its meeting room through a partnership with the local public health department. Branch Manager Crystal D. Holland will share with you how it started and what obstacles the library has had to navigate over the years to keep it going.
We will then hear from Jane Schweinsburg, Assistant Director of the Coventry Public Library in Rhode Island, which since 2016 has offered Senior Fitness Classes and Chair Yoga Classes both in the library and off-site at a local senior public housing community. Learn how the partnership with the Coventry Housing Authority shapes this program and enables the library to reach an audience that otherwise would have difficulty making it to the library.
The webinar will conclude with ample time for interactive discussion. Bring questions so that you leave prepared to start and sustain similar physical activity programs at your libraries!
All are welcome! Click here to sign up. Please spread this announcement widely.
Let’s Move in Libraries Resources
WebJunction: The Learning Place for Libraries recently highlighted a series of videos that showcase some of the ways that libraries support healthy communities through physical activity programming. Check these videos out to see movement-based programs in action in Kansas City (Missouri), Stillwater (Oklahoma), Monterey (California), San Francisco (California), and Fort Saskatchewan (Alberta).
Movement-based programs lend themselves very well to video. Have you tried using videos to market your programs? Or have local media come to the library to film them? Share a link with us! Let’s Move in Libraries would love to highlight your library!