Healthy Living at the Library: Programs for All Ages, 1st Edition

  • Noah Lenstra
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1440863156
  • ISBN-13: 9781440863158
  • DDC: 025.52
  • 200 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released August 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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From garden plots to cooking classes, StoryWalks to free yoga, more and more libraries are developing innovative programs and partnerships to encourage healthy living. Libraries increasingly provide health and wellness programs for all ages and abilities, and this title is intended for library staff who want to offer programs and services that foster healthy living, particularly on food and physical activity. It first outlines steps librarians should take when starting programs, highlighting the critical role of community partnerships. Next, it offers detailed instructions for running different types of programs for different ages/abilities and includes advice on keeping the momentum of a program going and assess program impacts. Finally, it offers tips on how to overcome challenges or roadblocks that may arise. An appendix includes resources to help you get started, including waivers of liability, memoranda of understanding, and examples of strategic plans and assessment tools.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Setting the Stage for Healthy Living at the Library.
1: Introduction to Healthy Living at the Library.
2: Why Libraries? Everyone Has a Role to Play.
3: History: It's Longer Than You Think!.
4: How Do We Do This? Partnerships Extend Access to Healthy Living Opportunities.
Starting Program.
5: Look Inward: Healthy Libraries Create Healthy Programs.
6: Exercise Your Resources and Don't Do It Alone.
7: Seek and Give Support in Communities of Librarians.
8: Watch Your Step: Key Challenges and Solutions.
Offering Programs.
9: Healthy Living in All Programs.
10: All Ages Play, or Why Should Kids Have All the Fun?.
11: Immersive Cooking and Fitness Classes.
12: Creating Health-Supporting Spaces and Collections for Your Programs.
13: Take Your Programs Outside.
14: Putting the Pieces Together into a Programming Plan.
15: Healthy Living across the Seasons: Ideas for Year-Round Healthy Living.
Sustaining Healthy Living at the Library.
16: Assessing and Communicating the Impacts You've Made.
17: Building and Maintaining the Momentum.
Appendix A Waiver of Liability.
Appendix B Memorandum of Understanding.
About the Author.