on March 27, 2020 Library Education Webinars

Webinar: Healthy Living at the Library

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Originally presented March 25, 2020

Let's get healthy, together! Learn how you can support healthy living among both library staff and library patrons through new programs, spaces, and collections developed through community partnerships.

In this one-hour webinar, Prof. Noah Lenstra will coves the basics of public health theory, and demonstrates how it can be used to build healthy living into your library. More and more libraries support healthy living through everything from free summer meals to cooking classes to library gardens to yoga classes and even by checking out non-traditional items like bicycles and hiking backpacks. These things emerge from library staff passionate about healthy living, whose health is supported by library administration, and who have the tools and time to build and sustain community partnerships. Get the information and inspiration you need to make healthy living happen at your library!

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To download the slides from Noah's presentation, click here:

Healthy Living at the Library.pptx

Healthy Living at the Library.pdf

This is one of an ongoing series of free Niche Academy Webinars 

Noah Lenstra

Dr. Noah Lenstra started Let's Move in Libraries in 2016 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's School of Education, where he is an assistant professor of library and information science. In April 2020, his book Healthy Living at the Library will be published by Libraries Unlimited. As part of his work on this topic, he served on the Public Library Association's Health Literacy National Advisory Board, and he currently serves on the Physical Activity Research Center's Activating Rural America Advisory Group. He is currently working on an Institute of Museum & Library Services grant-funded project (LG-18-19-0015-19) that will answer the question "How do small and rural public libraries address health and wellness through public programs?" His research has been published in Library Quarterly, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, and the Journal of Library Administration, among others. He blogs monthly for the ALA Public Programs Office's Programming Librarian website, is an active member of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, and is always up to try a new recipe or a new form of physical activity.

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