APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the April 2021 edition of the Let’s Move in Libraries newsletter. Here in the United States, April is National Poetry Month, so we’re starting this newsletter with exciting news from Massachusetts and North Carolina about unique library celebrations!
In Massachusetts, the Concord Free Public Library is celebrating a community-authored Poetry Walk! Here’s how it works: The front lawn of the library will become a Poetry Walk, featuring poems written by community members during March. Submitted poems will be featured in the Poetry Walk on the Main Library’s lawn as well as at a community farm run by Gaining Ground, a local non-profit. At the farm, community members will be able to read poems written by the community as they walk through a peaceful natural setting. Learn more about this partnership on the library’s Facebook page.
In North Carolina, the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library, in Pilot Mountain, is library is working to tie together literacy and movement during April 2021 with a wide range of poetry activities, including a “Poetry in Motion” Yoga program and a StoryWalk of Poetree by Shauna LaVoy Reynolds. Learn more here! Thanks to Diane Palmieri from the library for sharing this story!!
Innovations in small town librarianship in Canada
Although we are based in the United States, Let’s Move in Libraries aspires to be international in scope. As such, we are thrilled to share that two Canadian public librarians reached out to last month to share their stories.
In the small town of Nipigon, located in the Thunder Bay District of Northwestern Ontario, the public library has teamed up with its town’s recreation department for a wide range of programs during COVID-19, including everything from community scavenger hunts and SNOWga (Snow Yoga). Learn more in the story: Winter and Spring Recreation with the Library.
In the small town of Penhold in Central Alberta, the library utilized outdoor spaces to continue engaging its community safely during the pandemic. They did outdoor storytimes for children and families, and a walking club for adults. Learn more in the story: Passionate about the Community!
Share your Summer story!
We know Summer at the library in 2021 will be unprecedented. What are you planning? Let us know! We’d love to share your story!
Here are some of the things members of our advisory board are up to:
“I have been trying to figure out a way to advertise all the Storywalks (and like) around the state” to make it easier for people to discover them.
“My library is partnering with a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) again to be a drop site for members (pick up your produce box at the library), I’m pretty sure other libraries do this too. It is an easy partnership!”
Another advisory board member shared “I love the idea of talking about CSAs! It’s such a great way to get super fresh, local, high quality produce. It’s especially nice to pay a flat fee, what with the rising costs of food right now. My library isn’t a drop site, but we did interview a local farmer (whose CSA I joined) for a podcast a few years ago.”
“Our Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners group does a seed swap every year, and of course, COVID has required that they distribute seeds differently. They packaged up groupings of 5 packs of seeds and sent them to all our Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Public Library branches to distribute to the community in any way we saw fit. At my branch, the Crofton Community Library, we took the seed packets and put them in a paper bag along with a seed-starting brochure that I wrote up, and 5 plant plastic plant pots and made a kit. We called the kit it Blind Date with a Plant,’ since they would have no way to know which types of seeds they were getting.”
“The library is partnering with the VCE Master Gardeners to present a virtual seed-saving program on April 1 (link). Take-and-make kits featuring seeds, planting pot, and growing instructions/tips will be available for in-branch/curbside pickup starting on that date. System-wide in the summer, we are offering Park-to-Library Scavenger Hunts at local parks and other green spaces. I suspect StoryWalks will remain popular too!”
Healthy Living for All requires Safe Communities for All: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This month is dedicated to raising awareness about all types of sexual violence.To increase awareness around SAAM, libraries are in a position to offer unique and tailored support.
About Let’s Move in Libraries!
In our June 2020 newsletter, we announced a permanent expansion in the scope of Let’s Move in Libraries. Our project was inspired by Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which focused on supporting Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) among Americans.
Let us know if there are other innovative things you’re doing that we haven’t featured! We want to shine a light on all the ways librarians are getting the word out on the power of movement and healthy living in library programming. You are always invited to reach out and share with us. Please also reminder to share with us any news on programs you may be offering. We always love hearing from you! Tag us on social media or email news directly through our website. You can also share your story using this structured form. We’d love to hear from you!
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