Welcome to the January 2018 newsletter of the Let’s Move in Libraries project. This project focuses on how public libraries create opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to move and be physically active.

Results from Spring 2017 public library survey published. Thank you to everyone who participated! The results are now freely available in the open access journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. A few major findings:

  • 80% of North American public libraries that have offered movement-based programs say that they have contributed to community building.
  • The most commonly offered programs include: Yoga, Movement-Based Early Literacy Programs, Gardening, Dancing, and StoryWalks.
  • Respondents report offering movement-based programs for all ages, with the most common audiences being: Pre-K youth, Adults, and School-aged children.
  • Learn more about how to start these programs at your library by visiting the project’s Resource Collection and Webinar Archive.

Free webinar on physical activity programs and health offered in March 2018. The quarterly Let’s Move in Libraries webinar will be held March 7, 2018, and will feature library staff from the Be Well at Nashville Public Library Initiative and Sonoma County Public Library’s Healthy Living at Your Library. Learn how to get people moving as part of your library’s health services. The webinar is free. Sign up here!

The Let’s Move in Libraries Initiative is on Facebook and Twitter. Tweet us @LetsMoveLibrary! We’d love to know what you are doing. Follow the project on Facebookand on Twitter to stay informed of recently published articles and cutting-edge program ideas. Here are some highlights:

What are you planning for Summer Reading? We would love to hear about any movement-based programs your libraries have in the works for summer reading. Tweet us @LetsMoveLibrary, share with us on Facebook, or drop us a line at lenstra@uncg.edu.

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