Recurring movement-based programs in Rhode Island 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.
Coventry Public Library – http://coventrylibrary.org/ – Series of chair yoga and senior fitness classes offered intermittently.
Cranston Public Library – http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/C/CRANSTON/ekmonth.cfm – Oak Lawn Branch has a learning garden; 1,2,3 Play with Me program for 3 and under is a movement-based program.
North Scituate Public Library – http://scituatelibrary.org/events-calendar-list – Bone Builders of RI, an exercise class for seniors, meets twice a week, every week (Tuesdays and Fridays at 1:30).
Providence Community Library – http://www.provcomlib.org/news-events/calendar – Yoga offered Tuesdays at 4:30 at Wanskuck Library; Zumba4Toddlers offered Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. at Rochambeau Library; Shake, Toddle and Roll offered Wednesday mornings at South Providence Library.
Providence Public Library – http://www.provlib.org/ – Offers Infant and Toddler storytimes year round that offer both parents and children the opportunity to interact with stories, songs and rhymes through movement. The library also offers movement workshops such as Yoga, Bollywood dancing, creative movement, and music and movement in its Family Learning Sundays series (October to May on the first Sunday of the month). The library is preparing to roll-out a series of StoryWalks that will travel around the city, appearing in parks, at the Zoo, Children’s Museum, etc.
Warwick Public Library – https://www.warwicklibrary.org/ – Monthly Yoga class for ages 2-5 and for ages 6 and up; Seasonal programs include: World Dance with Lola for families with kids ages 4 and up and Country Line Dancing for families with kids ages 6 and up
Westerly Public Library – www.westerlylibrary.org – All school year pre-school storytimes include songs and fingerplays that encourage children to move. Library also offers a monthly (school year) sign and craft program where all children participating learn to sign and move during a story read aloud while it is also signed; an active craft follows.
Other programs include: the occasional Sensory Storytime where children are encouraged to touch, move and create; Toddler Music program offered during summer months where kids 1-5 are encouraged to sing, dance and move to the music. Library also provides free or discounted passes to a number of museums that offer outdoor or movement based programs (e.g. Mystic Seaport). The library offers a Kids Yoga movement/storytime program four times a year. The lower level Children’s Room offers access to the Margaret Wise Brown story garden, where children are encouraged to be outside and play/climb on several bronze animals fashioned after animals in the books of Margaret Wise Brown. The library is also part of the Memorial and Library Association, which includes 13 acre Wilcox Park, open to all for strolling, playing and enjoying the outdoors; a brochure with ideas for enjoying and exploring Wilcox Park with babies and toddlers is available in the Children’s Room. In cooperation with the local branch of Master Gardeners, tours of the Park are provided on a regular basis.
Woonsocket Harris Public Library – http://www.woonsocketlibrary.org/node/906 – Zumba at the library every Monday at 6 p.m. for adults and teenagers.
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