Recurring movement-based programs in Alberta 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.
Province-wide: Library Loan Project (UWALK) – https://uwalk.ca/pages/resources/
Camrose Public Library – http://cpl.prl.ab.ca/about-us/policies/bike-borrowing-agreement -Bicycle Loan Program.
Cold Lake Public Library – http://www.library.coldlake.ab.ca/ – Library has a fit-desk patrons can use when they read/study.
Lethbridge Public Library – http://www.lethlib.ca/ – Physical Literacy Kits available for checkout. Equipment used in movement-based programming. Lethbridge Public Library is participating in Canada’s National Ballet School, Sharing Dance 2017, by learning the choreography at the library and letting people know the information is available online.
Mary C Moore Public Library – (Lacombe Public Library) – http://www.lacombelibrary.com/ – Library checks out swimming pool passes; Children’s Programs all include music and movements to songs and stories.
Parkland County Public Libraries – http://www.pcmlibraries.ab.ca/content/zumba-keephills-public-library – Weekly yoga classes at Keephills, Entwistle, Tomahawk branches.
Redcliff Public Library – http://redcliff.shortgrass.ca/ – The library runs a drop-in outdoor program for all ages on Tuesday and Thursday mornings over July and August, weather permitting, that involves badminton, volleyball, frisbee golf, etc.
Red Deer Public Library – https://www.rdpl.org/ – Physical Literacy and the Early Years Backpack Check-Out Program. The library offers for all ages the Annual Dawe Community Bike Fair and Repair Café in June at the Dawe Branch. The event includes bike repair, a master-class in bike maintenance, learning about bicycling, a mini bike rodeo, and a mile long group bike ride around the Dawe Centre. This event is co-sponsored by Red Deer Public Library, Red Deer Association for Bicycle Commuting, Optimist Club of Red Deer, Safe Communities Coalition of Central Alberta, Wipe-Out Ski and Bike and Safety City.
The Dawe Branch offers Stretch and Story, alternate Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2 p.m. for ages 3-5: Stories, yoga and activities to support physical literacy. Adults are encouraged to participate. Bring yoga mats if you have them.
Red Deer Public Library’s Timberlands Branch has wobble stools that promote active sitting.
Other programs offered by the Red Deer Public Library include: Checking out Nature Fun Backpacks – Five nature themed backpacks are available to help families explore the great outdoors. Each bag includes books and activities focusing on Forests, Gardening, Hiking, Bugs or Birds.
Trail Tales: In partnership with Kerry Wood Nature Centre, families and individuals enjoy a walk along the one kilometre Dr. George Trail. As they walk, they read a story, following from one laminated page to the next, each containing one page of a picture book. The summer 2017 story is “Stretch” by Doreen Cronin.
Wiggle, Twist and Shimmy in the Stacks of the Children’s Library with “Don’t Walk in the Hallways.” Follow the floor shapes through the bookshelves, doing different activities at each shape, while exploring all the great books in the non-fiction section.
Rosemary School and Public Library – http://rosemary.shortgrass.ca/ – The library has a swimming pool pass for patrons to sign out, as well as a number of physical literacy items available for checkout.
Rotary Club of Slave Lake Public Library – http://www.slavelakelibrary.ab.ca/ – Library offers StoryWalk® programs during Summer montns.
Strathcona County Library – http://www.sclibrary.ab.ca/programmain.htm – Library has Walk and Talk Book Club.
Sylvan Lake Municipal Library – http://sylvanlibrary.prl.ab.ca/ – Zombie Walk for youth annually in September.
Taber Public Library – http://www.taberlibrary.ca/ – Library has ongoing StoryWalk® program, pedometers loaned out to anyone with library card. The library also has a small – but growing – physical literacy collection, which focuses on games and activities that help build fundamental movement skills. The collection is first-come, first-serve with a borrowing period of 3 weeks. Members are asked to return items during business hours. To search the collection visit taberlibrary.ca, search the catalogue for “sporting equipment” and filter the results to what is at Taber Public Library. Or visit the link below: https://taber.bibliocommons.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&t=smart&search_category=keyword&searchOpt=catalogue&q=sporting%20equipment&f_status=TAB#overlay446.
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