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Library receives grant to get adults moving

Mar 16, 2018
From left, Deputy Library Director Patty King and Library Director Amy Levine at the Rockland Public Library.

Rockland — The Rockland Public Library has received a $2,500 grant from the Maine Public Library Fund that will 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 to 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 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 one's life and breaking down barriers that stop people from becoming active. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and 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 these, “Saturday Stretch: Balance & Stamina” led by Patti Luchetti, will begin Saturday, April 21, from 9 to 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. Classes will be in a carpeted space and will 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 its health and 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.

For more information, call 594-0310.

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