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2018 

Mixed-Age Play

Writing in cursive "lights up" different parts of the brain than tracing or typing. It createsIf you spend any time on social media, especially if you follow other libraries, librarians or community groups, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about intergenerational programming. This blog looks at the benefits of mixed-age play. 2018/09/17

Cursive Writing Course

Writing in cursive "lights up" different parts of the brain than tracing or typing. It creates a kinesthetic feedback loop (physical literacy!) using our fine motor skills so we remember words as a whole concept, not just individual letters. 2018/07/19

Books to Get Kids Moving

Looking to add some movement to your storytimes? Interested in physical literacy, but not sure where to start? Here are six groovy titles to get you off on the right foot (pun intended). 2018/06/05

Wake Up! Storytime

These two books will be sure to get kids moo-vin' and groovin' in an action-packed storytime session. 2018/05/15

Human Battleship

Inspired by a school gym class, this life-size version of the classic tabletop game is fun for all ages. 2018/04/12

Sisters in Spirit: Self-Defense and Trauma-Informed Yoga

The LP Fisher Public Library offered a free self-defense class followed by Yoga for Trauma. 2018/03/15

Yoga for Heart Ache: Building Inclusive Programs

We often celebrate happy times at libraries. What about acknowledging the messier aspects of being human? 2018/02/08

Library Chess Club

A small-town public library takes its board game club to the next level with weekly chess lessons. 2018/01/24

2017 

Painted Pumpkin Party

Good gourd, pumpkins aren't just for Halloween! We've found a low-budget, family-friendly activity for everyone to enjoy. 2017/12/04

Outdoor Water Party

If you're willing to get a little wet, water games are a fun way to get kids moving.
2017/10/20

Family Dance Party

Looking for an energy boost? Here's a playlist that will get the whole family up and moving. 2017/09/01

Family Yoga Party

Celebrate International Yoga Day — or any day, really — with kid-friendly, animal-inspired yoga poses. 2017/07/27

Things Fall Apart: When Everything Goes Wrong

Sometimes, despite our best intentions, things fall apart. Here are ways to cope at work when life gets hard. 2017/05/18

Paper Monsters: Literacy Attacks!

Who wants to play with paper dolls? Everyone, it turns out. (Yes, boys too.)
2017/03/01

Story Dice: Literacy Cubed!

Use blank wooden dice to create storytime magic, where the kids get to make up the story as they go along. 2017/02/06

Physical Literacy: A Lifelong Journey

Library director and yoga instructor Jenn Carson shares a printable guide to remind us that physical literacy is an evolution. 2017/01/05

Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff

Stressed out? Whether you're knotted up over work, the holidays or politics, it seems like there's plenty to bring on tension headaches this time of year. 2017/01/06

2016 

Literary Costume Party

The LP Fisher Public Library celebrated Canadian Library Month with costumes and book-based games. 2016/12/01

We Love the Library!

Jenn shares how she got kids excited about the library during Canadian Library Month. 2016/11/07

De-Stress at Your Desk

Need a break? Here are some simple stretches you can do at your workstation or the circulation desk. 2016/09/29

Library Mini-Golf

When summer reading ended at Fisher Library, kids celebrated with 15 holes of mini-golf — in the library. 2016/08/31

Mindfulness and Meditation Programs

One librarian chronicles the ups and downs of the middle way. Because it's the easiest thing in the world to sit and just breathe — but it's also the hardest. 2016/07/07

Library Walking and Running Clubs

Partnering with a local running club can make both the library and running communities stronger. 2016/06/03

Tactile Tactics for Learning History

The LP Fisher Public Library's Meet the Loyalist program promotes physical literacy through historical reenactment and discovery. 2016/04/14

Sports Heroes Who Read

Bringing in professional athletes to connect with kids (and adults) helps promote many types of literacy. 2016/03/30

Dancing with the Stacks

Read about how Jenn woke her patrons out of their winter hibernation with a hugely popular ballroom dancing class. 2016/03/03

Taking Care of Us

Jenn shares tips to help us take care of ourselves, so we can continue helping others. 2016/04/04

Help! I Want to Teach Yoga but Don't Know Where to Start

Jenn shares how to remain calm and confident while teaching patrons the downward-facing dog. 2016/01/06

2015 

Prevent Bullying through Exercise

Programs encouraging friendship and exercise can drastically reduce bullying among children and teens. 2015/11/04

Run with It: Taking Your Programs to the Streets (or Trails)

Start a walking or running club at your library using these helpful tips from Jenn. 2015/09/21

Kinetic Literacy

Discover the importance of kinetic literacy and why it is an essential component of library programming. 2015/08/19

Small Libraries, Big Difference: An Interview with Judy Calhoun

A "solo librarian" explains what it's like to be in charge of everything. 2015/08/14

Storytime Stretching

Adding stretching and movement to storytime promotes kinetic literacy (and helps get the wiggles out). 2015/07/27

Yoga Baby Steps

Creating yoga programs for your littlest patrons and their caregivers. 2015/06/15

Yoga in the Library

Common questions asked and answered about yoga programs in public and school libraries. 2015/05/11

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