PLS - Join the Movement! Movement-Based Programming in Public Libraries for Fun and Physical Literacy

Only about 1/5 of Americans meet or exceed recommended physical activity guidelines released by the federal government. Lack of regular physical activity creates physical and mental health challenges, and leads to rising medical costs. An active world is one in which there are multiple pathways to engage in movement. Learn how movement-based programming works, and plan your own programs. Hear the results of a survey of movement-based programs in North American public libraries, which found many libraries now regularly offer things like yoga, StoryWalk, Zumba, Tai Chi, walking groups, music and movement, community gardens, and more, for all ages. Go beyond the numbers and hear the stories of North Carolina public librarians who are pioneering this new programming area in cities and small towns. Learn how programming can be designed to reach underserved patrons, such as those with limited mobility. Learn how this programming connects to early literacy, and contributes to physical literacy more generally throughout life. Engage in a candid discussion about logistical challenges related to starting and sustaining movement-based programs in public libraries. Program will conclude with 5 minutes of movements to get participants experiencing it for themselves. Join the movement! 

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Library and Information Studies

Noah Lenstra is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at UNC-G. An expert in community engagement in public libraries, his work on digital history is published in Public Library Quarterly, and he presented at PLA 2014 on creating public computing programs. He earned his PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. He manages the website.

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Presentation (60 minutes)