LET’S MOVE IN ATLANTA!

FULTON COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM, ATLANTA, U.S.A.

Let’s Move in Libraries with Storytime and Dance, Northside Branch

The Fulton County Library System is the largest library system in the State of Georgia, and beginning in Fall 2018 Let’s Move in Libraries Advisory Board Member Michelle Bennett-Copeland has worked to bring the initiative to Atlanta. The library staff heard a calling from citizens who wanted to better their mental and physical health, and therefore many branches have for years offered programs and workshops related to health and wellness, including cooking demonstrations, workshops with nutritionist, and yoga, tai chi, dance, hip-hop dance, and more, for both children and adults.

According to Michelle, “the idea is to allow the library to be a one stop shop to meet community needs. Our library supporters enjoy engaging in physical activities not just for exercise, but for socializing as well.” Our research has found this to be true as well. In fact, a 2017 survey found that the biggest impact of movement-based programming in libraries across North America is “Community Building.”

Michelle Bennett-Copeland, MLS, CPM, and Christy Dyson, MLS, shared some photos and videos of these programs in action. Way to move!

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Lessons learned: Listen to your community and offer programs that resonate with your audiences

There are many ways to move in libraries

In addition to health and wellness benefits, these programs build community

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