Recurring movement-based programs in Louisiana Public Libraries – contact the libraries to confirm availability of programs. Please add to or correct this information by using the form on the bottom of this page.
Calcasieu Parish Public Library – http://www.calcasieulibrary.org/ – This library system consists of 12 branches throughout the parish. All branches offer weekly story times that use movement, music and storytelling to create an environment where children are free to express themselves in a fun manner while developing early literacy skills. Throughout the year many branches offer additional movement based programs. The library calendar includes: Yoga for all ages, dance programs such as a line dancing series, children’s programs like karate for kids and game days using Wii Fit and/or Xbox One Kinect. These events are scheduled periodically throughout the year.
East Baton Rouge Parish – https://www.ebrpl.com/ – Pacers Aerobics Club meets Friday mornings at Jones Creek Branch; Your Pace or Mine Walking Club meets Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at Jones Creek Branch; Mindful Crafts and Movement offered once a month on Saturday mornings at Eden Park Branch. In addition, the Main Library has walking groups 4 times a week and offers aerobics twice a week. The Main library is surrounded by a park with many walking trials. Children’s programs throughout the year includes dance and movement at each branch. The Teen division also offers dance and movement programs throughout the year.
Iberia Parish Library – http://iberialibrary.org/ – Pace of Mind at Main Branch starting September 2018: Each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday @ 10am for adults; Mini movers- each Wednesday at 10 am for toddlers at Main branch; StoryWalk each May for summer carnival kickoff; Gentle yoga stretch on Monday Wednesday and Friday at the Lydia Branch.
Iberville Parish Library – http://myipl.org/ – The library incorporates movement into story time programs for pre school and school age children. The library also offers a walking club that meets twice a week.
Lafayette Public Library – http://lafayettepubliclibrary.org/ – Every Toddler Storytime integrates lots of movement. The library also offers a regular “Bibliobop,” geared towards families, usually up to 6 years old.
Lafourche Parish Libraries – http://www.lafourche.org – Library system hosts a variety of movement events throughout the year. Bayou Blue Branch hosts Walk-the-Track twice monthly. South Lafourche and Golden Meadow Branches each host Line Dancing twice monthly. Besides these, exercise activities are offered at various library branches several times monthly for different age groups, for all ages, and for families together. These activities include Cardio Crew, Yoga, Zumba, Wii Dancing, Wii Sports, Get Fit, and Sensory Play for young children.
Lincoln Parish Library – http://www.mylpl.org/ – Every Wednesday from 10:30 am-11:30am library offers Wacky Wiggles Wednesday. The program starts with a fast paced song to get everybody moving, do one with a lot of direction, probably one scarf song, one with instruments, usually bells or sticks, one with a lot of finger play, one with marching, one freestyle, then two or three others. The program incorporates sign language and has at least two new signs for them to learn every week.
Livingston Parish Library – www.mylpl.info – Wiggle Worms (Ages 0-5) offered every first Monday at the Main Branch, every second Friday at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch, and every fourth Monday at the Albany-Springfield Branch. Exercise for Seniors offered every third Friday at the Denham-Springs Walker Branch. Other movement programs offered regularly.
New Orleans Public Library – http://nolalibrary.org/ – Second-line style dancing offered frequently at multiple branches, often as a component of Summer Reading, Teen Read Week, and other special programs.
St. Tammany Parish Library – http://www.sttammany.lib.la.us/ – Music and Movement offered twice a month at Slidell Branch, Causeway Branch, and Mandeville Branch; StoryWalk® four times a year at Northlake Nature Center. Family dance parties occasionally offered as special events. Movement and dancing are always key components to storytime at the Mandeville Branch. Each storytime ends with a yoga based song, as do outreach visits to area preschools.
Terrebonne Parish Library – http://mytpl.org/ – The library has partnered with local Yoga and Tai Chi instructors to offer monthly programming. Library offers outdoor Yoga twice a month and outdoor Tai Chi three times a month. In addition, the Main Branch Library offers Noise Makers (Music and movement for kids) the first Sunday of the month at 3pm, and Dancercize (all ages dance class) the first and third Fridays at 4pm. Dance and movement activities are also included in weekly story times and special programming, such as the annual Noon Years Eve party at the Main Branch.
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