Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages
By helping patrons view the library in a new way, movement-based programs bring new people into libraries, help promote community health, and stimulate literacy for children and adults alike. And the data show that they work: nearly 90% of public libraries said their movement-based programs had brought new users into their libraries, according to a recent study, while 80% said the programs contributed to community building. Carson, a professional yoga teacher who has been leading movement-based programs in schools, libraries, and museums for over a decade, presents a guidebook for serving library patrons of all ages, both mind and the body together. Filled with detailed strategies, proven program models, and real-life case studies, her book
- describes the concept of physical literacy and explains why it matters, using both research and library testimonials;
- shares tips for building enthusiasm among library staff, training, marketing, partnering with community organizations, and handling patron feedback;
- shows how to get started regardless of staffing or budget limitations, with hints for sneaking physical literacy into existing spaces and initiatives;
- includes programs for children and families, such as ABC Boom!, storytime fun runs, and a healthy nutrition lecture and tasting;
- outlines a Water Wars! party, a Quidditch match, an earth walk, and other programs that convert teens’ energy into healthy movement;
- demonstrates ways that adults can also get moving, from gym passes and walk/run clubs to ballroom dancing;
- guides libraries on involving special populations through outreach and inreach; and
- provides checklists for prep, teardown, tie-ins, and followup.
This book is essential reading for any programming librarian, administrator, or community coordinator looking to boost circulation stats, program numbers, literacy rates, and foster joy and wellness in their community.