Welcome to the May 2018 newsletter of Let’s Move in Libraries. This edition highlights our new website, a new opportunity to engage with the project, our upcoming webinar, and two newly available resources.

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New website for Let’s Move in Libraries!

We are thrilled to unveil the new Let’s Move in Libraries website. Please take a few minutes to visit the new site and explore. In addition to a stunning new design created by KCL Creative, the site features what will become a growing collection of short stories on libraries that move, a new general resources page for starting movement-based programs in libraries, a new about us page, and what we hope are more intuitive interfaces to our program ideas and map of libraries around the world that regularly host movement-based programs.

We would love your feedback! Email-us or use the form at the bottom of any page to reach out.

Join the Let’s Move in Libraries Advisory Board

As the Let’s Move in Libraries project expands, we need YOU to help guide us. We are seeking individuals interested in movement and libraries to join the project’s new advisory board. The time required will be minimal: Approximately two, one-hour, online meetings a year, plus very sporadic requests for advice on future directions for the project. We are thrilled to announce that Jenn Carson, Library Director of the LP Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, agrees to be inaugural advisory board member.

Express your interest in joining the advisory board by filling out this short, one-page form. Have questions? Please reach out to us.

Physical Activity Programming for Older Adults:
How to Start and Sustain them at your Library through Community Partnerships

Join us Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 1 p.m. Eastern Time, for a free, action-packed one-hour webinar that will give you the information and inspiration you need to start, sustain, and extend physical activity programs for older adults at your library.

The webinar begins with Stephanie Dailey, the director of the U.S. National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life campaign. She will share with you free, tested resources, including videos, that you can use in your library to start and sustain physical activity programs. We will then hear from two public librarians based in North Carolina and Rhode Island who have successfully started and sustained physical activity programs for older adults at their libraries through community partnerships.

The webinar will conclude with ample time for interactive discussion. Bring questions so that you leave prepared to start and sustain similar physical activity programs at your libraries! All are welcome! Join the 75 librarians who have already signed up for this free continuing education opportunity. Please spread this announcement widely.

Two new resources

ALA Editions is releasing a new book this summer all about movement in libraries. It is called Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages and it is written by library director Jenn Carson. Order your copy today!

On April 20, Let’s Move in Libraries Project Director Noah Lenstra presented on “How to Encourage and Enable Healthy Movement in Libraries” at the Azalea Coast Library Conference held at the New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, NC. 74% of attendees said they were very satisfied with the program. Check out the presentation and the handout to get new ideas for your library.

Follow Let’s Move in Libraries on Facebook and Twitter to access more resources focused on what public libraries can do to get their communities moving.

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Subscribe to the monthly Let’s Move in Libraries newsletter for monthly editions of success stories, educational opportunities, and food for thought that will deepen the impact of movement-based programs and services in public libraries. The Let’s Move in Libraries project focuses on how public libraries create opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to engage in healthy physical activity.