[kids-lib] Movement-Based Programs in Oregon Public Libraries

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Feb 24 13:33:02 PST 2017

I had an email exchange with Noah about the following survey and learned that he’s interested in learning about youth services programs! The programs in the survey are pretty fitness specific like yoga and Zumba, but he said he’s also interested in other programs that you plan intentionally to get youth moving.

Some examples might be:

·         Zombies –vs- Humans (fast walking and ducking around to avoid getting tagged)

·         Jedi Training (sword fighting with pool noodles)

·         Parachute Play with toddlers (gross motors skill development)

Questions to help you figure out what is/isn’t a movement based program:

·         Is one of your goals for this program to get kids moving? If it is, then definitely yes!

·         Is movement just a nice byproduct of this program? If it is, then probably not.

·         If movement is just a nice byproduct, how much are kids moving in the program? If they’re mostly moving, then probably yes.

·         If your storytime include 2-3 movement activities, but kids are mostly listening/reading and crafting/working, then no.

There isn’t a hard and fast rule, you’ll mostly just have to go with your gut. That’s okay!

Katie Anderson, MLS, Youth Services Consultant
Library Support and Development Services<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/pages/index.aspx>
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Noah Lenstra
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2017 5:34 AM
To: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: [Libs-Or] Movement-Based Programs in Oregon Public Libraries

Hello everyone

I am announcing a new project: "Let’s Move! Libraries.” At the project website — http://www.letsmovelibraries.org/ — you will find information on movement-based programs in public libraries throughout North America (think yoga/tai chi/Zumba in the library, StoryWalks, music and movement, walking groups, etc.). The overall goal of this project is to strengthen work already underway in public libraries that seeks to get our communities up and moving.

I am asking for your help in this project. If you work in a public library in Oregon, please consider taking a few minutes to fill out this short survey about any programs or services your library provides, has provided in the past, or is planning to provide in the future.

Survey Link: https://uncg.qualtrics.com/jfe3/form/SV_eJ3QZdjTvMLVM1v

Please share this message with others you think may be interested in this project.

Thank you for your time! I look forward to your feedback.

The results from this survey will be shared on the project website in Fall 2017.
Noah Lenstra
Assistant Professor
Library and Information Studies
University of North Carolina Greensboro
njlenstr at uncg.edu<mailto:njlenstr at uncg.edu>

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