Monday Movement at May Memorial

ALAMANCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES, NORTH CAROLINA, U.S.A.

In a community needs assessment, the library learned that health and wellness was a key concern. Library staff then attended a session led by Let’s Move in Libraries at the October 2017 meeting of the North Carolina Library Association. Inspired by what they learned there and from the Let’s Move in Libraries website, such as the Fitness Fridays program offered Friday mornings during the Summer at Lawrence (KS) Public Library, staff developed the “Monday Movement at May Memorial” program.

Every Monday from May to July, 2018, patrons experience new forms of movement, including Yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, and Walking. Library staff lead walking and Yoga programs (a staff member is a certified yoga instructor) and the library pays the Tai Chi and Zumba instructors. Programming librarian Melissa Kammerer said staff “thought a lot about how to include a range of fitness levels and interests” in the program. “Zumba will be too high intensity for some but Yoga and walking would be great for them.” If all goes well during Summer 2018, the library hopes to sustain “Monday Movement” as an ongoing program.

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Lessons learned: Take what other libraries have done and adapt them to the particular needs of your community.

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