CHECK OUT MOVEMENT AND HEALTHY LIVING AT YOUR LIBRARY
ROCKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, MAINE, U.S.A.
In spring 2018, the Rockland Public Library received a $2,500 grant from the Maine Public Library Fund to help fund activities and events promoting the theme, Check out Movement and Healthy Living at Your Library. The library is developing events and activities for adults of all abilities and ages to encourage more movement and activity for healthy living. Patty King, Deputy Library Director reached out to Let’s Move in Libraries to get ideas on how the library could effectively use this fitness and movement grant. Let’s Move in Libraries connected her to other libraries with successful programs. The Rockland Public Library is developing a series of balance and walking classes, plus five fitness kits for library circulation.
Pictured from left to right, Deputy Library Director Patty King and Library Director Amy Levine at the Rockland Public Library.
Lesson learned: Seek external funding to get your new programs off the ground. Public libraries have successfully received local, state, and national funding to develop innovative, movement-based programs and services.