Rockland Library hosts ‘Check out Movement and Healthy Living’
The Rockland Public Library has received a $2,500 grant from the Maine Public Library Fund to help fund activities and events promoting the theme “Check out Movement and Healthy Living at Your Library.”
The Library is developing events and activities for adults of all abilities and ages, to move and be active, and encourage more movement and activity, and healthy living, generally. All events will be free and open to the public; the Library believes that access to health and wellness should not be limited because of lack of income. The Library will also hold a monthly speaker series on various health and wellness topics, to include speakers from local wellness organizations.
The first of the series is a discussion on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. led by Theo Berez, Wellness Director of the Pen Bay YMCA.
She will talk about incorporating fitness into life and breaking down barriers that stop people from becoming active. Participants are encouraged to take questions an open mind, and wear comfortable clothes for a little basic movement training.
The project will also include a series of four- to six-week programs: yoga, movement, strength training, and stretching.
The first of those, “Saturday Stretch: Balance & Stamina” led by Patti Luchetti, will begin Saturday, April 21, from 9-10 a.m. and classes will continue through Saturday, May 26. The class will include simple balance exercises; participants will then move the spine, the abs, the pelvis, the arms, legs, hands and feet. Classes will close with seated or floor relaxation.
All levels of experience are welcome. Those who are new to a movement program or who are seeking to regain past abilities are especially encouraged to attend. We’ll be using a carpeted space; we’ll make full use of chairs; students should wear loose comfortable clothing or gym wear.
Coming in May, the Library will begin a weekly walking group on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.. Participants will walk Rockland neighborhoods with librarians and walks may occasionally be led by special guests, to add interest and encourage continued participation; bird watchers, nutritionists, and local historians, among others.
The Library is in the process of increasing the health & wellness collection and developing five fitness kits around different workout modalities, which will circulate for Library patrons beginning in late April or May, including a T'ai Chi Beginner's Kit, Foam Roller Kit, Pilates Body Band Workout Kit, Yoga for Beginners Kit, and Jump Rope Fitness Kit.
The Maine Public Library Fund check-off was approved in the second session of the 125th Maine State Legislature. Maine citizens can donate to the fund on the Schedule CP, which is used for voluntary charitable (tax deductible) contributions, on their Maine State Income Tax form. The fund is administered by the State Librarian. All money deposited in the fund and the earnings on that money remain in the fund to be used to provide grants to free public libraries for use in providing services identified as priority services by the State Librarian. This grant program provides grants to public libraries to encourage and support innovation in the creation and expansion of new library services and to support library staff professional development.