For over 65 years, May has been observed as Mental Health Month. Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. One in five people will suffer from a mental illness this year; half of them will not get treatment. Often this is due to a lack of information about where to get affordable treatment.
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Welcome to the first post about kinesthetic library programming! I have been teaching yoga in school and public libraries since 2008. This is a great post to read if you are thinking about doing yoga programs at your own library. You probably have a lot of questions, so let’s get started.
So what, exactly, is yoga?
Asian Pacific Heritage Month is coming up, and it always reminds me of why I started doing adult programming. It also makes me wonder, why do we program? The collective "we" I'm talking about are the "we" reading and writing for this blog, not the organizations we all work for. Oh, I can wax poetically about community engagement, raising the profile of the Library, and reaching non-users, which are all valid reasons. Organizations have lofty goals, which involve flights of fancy and destinations you won’t necessarily find on Google maps.
I have always loved planning programs. Before I was a librarian I was an event planner, and I spent my time planning events for socioeconomically challenged groups in the Bay Area. Now I spend my time planning programs and events for teens at my library and helping my fellow colleagues come up with innovative ideas for teen programs.