Physical Activity in the Library
Starting, Running, and Sustaining Movement-Based Programs
Quickly acquire the tools needed to start, run, and sustain movement-based programs in your library.
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From yoga to garden plots, book walks, and bicycles, libraries are developing programs to encourage physical activity. This book is a broad-ranging resource for librarians who want to begin a program or incorporate something new into an existing one.
Libraries increasingly provide movement-based programs for all ages, and Physical Activity in the Library is intended for librarians in all departments who want to offer programs and services that will foster physical activity. Librarians are increasingly organizing 5K fun runs; checking out bicycles, backpacks, and exercise equipment; and participating in local, regional, and national days devoted to health and wellness. When this programming exists, it tends to be highly popular and impactful, bringing new users into the library and generating media attention.
This book is a step-by-step guide to starting, running, and sustaining movement-based programs. The first section suggests steps librarians should take when starting programs. The second section offers detailed instructions for running different types of programs for different ages and abilities. The third section focuses on sustaining programs: How do you keep the momentum going? The book additionally articulates specific challenges or roadblocks that may arise and offers tips on how to overcome these difficulties. The instructions are simple enough to be used by everyone considering adding movement to library programming.
- Learn how to start, run, and sustain movement-based programs
- tBe inspired to develop new programs based on the successes of librarians throughout North America
- Learn how to weave your own personal interests in fitness and exercise into impactful programs at your library