The topic of physical literacy in libraries is certainly a growing and relevant trend. One fifth of public libraries in North America have offered some sort of exercise class, and many others incorporate movement into existing programs. This 1.5 hour multi-modal production includes a PowerPoint presentation, videos, handouts and some (optional) yoga stretches to get the audience into a body-positive state of mind. We will explore the neuroscience behind physical literacy, share case studies of what other libraries are doing (both academic and public), and offer handouts to working program models. We will also discuss how to leverage community partnerships to start and sustain these types of programs. Some of the issues to be addressed include: marketing, staff and administrative buy-in, passive vs. active programs, funding sources, legal and liability issues, training, and modifications for patrons with exceptionalities. Participation in movement-based programs is valuable regardless of talent, ability, or experience; it has been proven that to increase physical literacy increases competence in other literacies, such as emotional, textual, oral/aural, digital and visual literacies.
Jenn Carson, Library Director, LP Fisher Public Library, Woodstock, Canada
Thursday, 13 September, 3:30 pm
Campus, Room G
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