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The Newsletter of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative

Volume 2, Issue 8 | August 2018

Wellness at the Library

In order to maintain a sustainable community, one concern is the health and welfare of its constituents. This often involves environmental considerations like clean air and water, but it also takes into consideration the people themselves and their efforts towards wellness. So we poked around to see what kind of programs are being offered by libraries for patrons and/or staff.

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Skaneateles Library

Meditation offered through the Finger Lakes Mindfulness Meditation group.

Read more here.

Maxwell Memorial Library

Offering support for community members that suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts through an ongoing relationship with “Two Brothers Light,” a peer-based suicide support group. They meet at the library on a regular basis.

Read more here.

Liverpool Public Library

Yoga, walking club, director’s walking challenge, and Living with a Chronic Disease series. Also offered are Healthlink seminars. HealthLink is an initiative of Upstate Medical University providing free health education to residents and health care professionals in Central New York.

Read more here.

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Northern Onondaga Public Library

Weekly meditation program, often host a multi-week series of Zumba Gold Seated programs, and this November chair yoga series will be offered. In October there will be a two-part program presented by I Care via the Onondaga County Office for the Aging. I Care - The Institute for Caregivers -  “...provides education and training broad enough to pertain to various illnesses and disabilities but comprehensive enough to provide many tools. The Institute is sponsored by Onondaga County Office for Aging and the Alzheimer's Association CNY Chapter. These are all open to the public as well as the staff.

Read more here.

NOPL also has a resource that it provides to employees called Help People, which offers counseling for employees on everything from stress and time management to addictions and domestic violence.

LaFayette Public Library

Hosts a Tai Chi class and also sponsors an eight week “Step Up to Stop Falling” program to help regain balance which will be starting again in the fall.

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From PLA Health Initiative

Feeding the body and the mind – library summer reading programs
What was once a fledgling experiment taking place in a few public libraries across the country has now become a mainstream success. Through summer feeding programs, public libraries are finding new ways to serve and engage their communities, while also contributing to the fight to end food insecurity, and pulling new audiences into their libraries.
Read more here.

Libraries are filling an affordable fitness void
When Jessie Yates became the new adult programming librarian at the Taylor County Public Library in Campbellsville, Kentucky, she was surprised by the popularity of its chair yoga class, but she was even more surprised to see older patrons regain their ability to tie their shoes after regular sessions.
Read more here.

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Libraries feature yoga with felines
For those looking to relax with some feline companions, “Yoga For the Body Mind & Feline” event will turn unwanted stress into a more positive cat-itude. The event is sponsored by Tails Humane Society, a 100 percent donor-funded enterprise dedicated to finding fitting homes for animals in need of loving families.
Read more here.

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NYS Office of General Services Green Procurement Webinar

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Wednesday, September 5
11:00am - 12:00pm

Learn about green purchasing and the opportunities that are available for using OGS centralized contracts. In this webinar, Todd Gardner, contract manager at the NYS OGS, will explain how to use OGS contracts, describe the most frequently purchased green products and discuss the latest trends in green purchasing.

Register here.

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