Recurring movement-based programs in Michigan 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.
Whole State – http://www.mibluesperspectives.com/news/free-michigan-park-passes/ or https://www.facebook.com/MIActivityPass/ – Michigan Activity Pass Program. The MAP program began as an initiative to encourage the use of state parks and recreation areas in support of a healthy lifestyle. It has since grown to include cultural destinations as well.
Bloomfield Township Public Library – http://btpl.org/ – The library offers a Summer Reading Walking Trivia Track: “15 Trivia Stops are sprinkled throughout the library. Add to your 10,000 steps per day by walking the Trivia Track in the Library. Answer all 15 trivia questions correctly and win fun prizes. Questions are changed once per week. All ages welcome.”
Boyne District Library – http://www.boynelibrary.org/calendar/ – Yoga offered Monday mornings; Tai Chi offered Wednesday mornings.
Brandon Township Public Library – https://www.brandonlibrary.org/ – Yoga offered Monday mornings.
Canton Public Library – http://www.cantonpl.org/calendar – Library offers “Dance Your Fanny Off,” a half hour open dance party program for kids ages 0-5 that takes place in between Storytime sessions.
Capital Area District Libraries – http://www.cadl.org/ – StoryWalk® at Haslett’s Orlando Park co-sponsored by library.
Chesterfield Township Library – http://www.chelibrary.org/ – Slow Flow Yoga offered twice a month on Thursday evenings.
Chippewa River District Library – http://www2.youseemore.com/chippewa/ – Music and Movement programs for ages 0-5 and their adult every Friday, alternating between Veterans Memorial Library and Faith Johnston Memorial Library; an annual Sand Castle Building Contest every year in July; For teens, cardboard wars offered two years in a row in a local park in the Fall; library regularly offers events such as a Zombie run, a scavenger hunt, and hosting local university’s rec mobile which brings large motor activities to different audiences.
Detroit Public Library – http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/ – Redford Branch has a community garden; play time after storytime; Yoga for Job Seekers offered at Main Branch on Thursday aftenroons; Yoga offered Thursday afternoons at Chaney.
DeWitt District Library – http://www.dewittlibrary.org/newevents/calendarandregistration.html – Book & Boogie offered Friday mornings for ages 2-5; Walking Club meets once a month at library on Monday mornings.
Gary Byker Memorial Library of Hudsonville – http://www.hudsonville.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.mapLocation&mapLocationId=333 – Tai Chi offered Tuesday evenings; Zumba offered Monday evenings; Yoga offered Wednesday evenings.
Genesee District Library – https://www.thegdl.org/ – Yoga offered Monday nights at Grand Blanc-McFarlen; Preschool Yoga offered Tuesday mornings at Grand Blanc-McFarlen; Yoga offered Wednesday nights at Goodrich.
Harrison District Library – hosts the Read & Feed Community Garden.
Henika District Library – http://henikalibrary.org/ – Library has a Gaga ball pit on library property; Jumpin’ & Jammin’ Music and Movement program offered Monday mornings. The library has installed a StoryWalk on its property and also has an outdoor hopscotch and Tic-Tac-Toe board.
Kent District Library – http://www.kdl.org/take-spin-kdl-cruiser – Check out a bicycle program.
Lincoln Park Public Library – http://www.librarianlynne.com/ – Adult Yoga offered Thursday nights.
Mason County District Library – http://www.masoncounty.lib.mi.us/ – Pogo jumping competitions held regularly in the community room, as well as Quidditch programs, obstacle courses, and water gun fights during warmer months outdoors, and snowshoeing in the winter months. Library also offers Fit Club for elementary and middle school students. The Fit Club meets weekly at both locations, Ludington and Scottville, year-round. In summer, Fit Club adds a second session at the Ludington location. Fit Club goes on field trips to area parks, golf courses, and playgrounds. Preschool music and movement is a part of every story time: 4 times a week, 52 weeks a year.
Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library – http://www.youseemore.com/maudpreston/ – Tai Chi offered Mondays and Tuesdays.
Pinckney Community Public Library – http://pinckneylibrary.org/library-events-calendar/ – Yoga for wellness offered Friday mornings.
Salem-South Lyon District – has a Library Gardens maintained by 30 garden volunteers; Library sponsors a year round StoryWalk®, with the book changing every 3 months.
Southfield Public Library – www.southfieldlibrary.org – Jazz & Blues at your library is a live music concert the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm and dancing is encouraged. $5 cash admission.
Sterling Heights Public Library – https://www.sterling-heights.net/590/Library – Shake, Rattle and Roll program once or twice a month on Monday mornings for children of all ages. This program involves dancing, action-filled movement activities, rhymes and fingerplays. Library also has Toddler Time regularly on Tuesday mornings for ages 0 – 3 with a caregiver. This program involves singing, dancing and stories.
Tamarack District Library (Lakeview) – http://tamaracklibrary.org/ – Library has several exercise kits as part of our “special use” collection. These include weights, various small pieces of exercise equipment, and DVDs. Library also circulate kayaks, fishing poles, and hiking guides. Library is in the process of grant writing for a Story Walk. The library hosts a weekly balance class on Wednesday morning. The library programs a “walk and talk” a couple times a year, where patrons walk while all listening to the same book on an ipod or mp3 player, then meet to discuss the book. The library programs a town-wide scavenger hunt twice a year, with the idea that participants will walk throughout the town to complete the hunt.
Three Rivers Public Library – http://www.threeriverslibrary.org/calendar/ – Little Wigglers toddler program offered every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for ages 0-3. Caregivers interact with their children as participants sing and bounce, hear rhymes and stories, and have fun. The library also has a vegetable, herb, and flower garden maintained by regular volunteer work days during the growing season.
Van Buren District Library – http://www.vbdl.org/events/ – Wiggle Time (music and movement) offered weekly at Covert (Wednesday) and Decatur (Friday) Branches for young children.
Vicksburg District Library – http://www.vicksburglibrary.org/calendar/ – Tai Chi Club meets Tuesday nights at library; Tai Chi offered Thursday mornings.
Walled Lake City Library – http://www.walledlakelibrary.org – Music Mayhem program, including dancing, aerobics, and Yoga, offered at the library.
Warren Public Library – http://www.warrenlibrary.net/ – Storytime Shakeup on Fridays. Library rotates program among four themes: Music & Motion, Math, Science, and Sensory. All involve hands on activities, stories, songs, and a craft.
Ypsilanti District Library- https://www.ypsilibrary.org/events – Yoga storytime offered once a month on Saturday mornings; National Senior Health & Fitness Day, annual event in May; LNGO LNGO Walking Group, Half hour walks twice/month for seniors ages 55+, April-November (unless weather is bad).
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