Recurring movement-based programs in California 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.
Alameda County Library – http://www.aclibrary.org/ – Yoga for Beginners offered some Saturday mornings at Castro Valley Branch and San Lorenzo Branch.
Alameda Free Library – https://alamedaca.gov/library – Libraries Outside, on-going hiking/walking program, includes talks by Rangers/Naturalists, work days and usually 2 outside events per month at differing skill levels. Program features events focusing on local areas/parks to help get participants familiar with what’s available. Library Run Club – (May-August) – run 3 miles at a conversational pace. Prepare for running 5K or just make time to run with other runners. All skill levels welcome. Ages 18+ only.
Anaheim Public Library – http://www.anaheim.net/902/Library – Zumba/Crazy Fusion at Haskett Library multiple days throughout the week.
Burbank Public Library – http://www.burbank.lib.ca.us/ – Offers 2 music programs for preschoolers and their families: a Music & Movement dance class at Central library on Saturday mornings once a month (http://burbanklibrary.com/events/music-movement-4) and a Rhythm & Reading class with dance and stories offered at the Buena Vista Branch library twice a month during the school year.
Contra Costa County Library – http://ccclib.org/ – The library is creating a permanent StoryWalk® at a Community Garden at the El Pueblo Housing Authority Center in Pittsburg, CA; Tai Chi offered weekly throughout the year at Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
El Dorado County Library – http://www.engagedpatrons.org/EventsCalendar.cfm?SiteID=7839 – Music and Movement storytimes offered on ongoing basis; Placerville Library has a teen community garden.
Fresno County Public Library – http://www.fresnolibrary.org/ – Yoga offered Monday mornings at Betty Rodriguez; Tai Chi offered weekly at Fig Garden; Sit and Be Fit offered at Fig Garden. Library tags programs with “exercise/dance classes” in online calendar.
Huntington Beach Public Library – http://walkrunread.com/ – Annual Literacy 5K in April.
Livermore Public Library – http://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/lib/ – Parent and Child Yoga Time offered; Music and Movement offered; Family Bicycling Workshops held approximately once a year: A local biking group talks about bicycle safety at the library and then leads a ride through town.
Los Angeles Public Library – https://www.lapl.org/ – Fitness Fridays offered at West Valley Regional Branch with Gentle Yoga and Zumba; Zumba offered Saturday mornings and Monday nights at Mid-Valley Regional; Tai Chi offered at Central Branch and Grenada Hills Branch; Yoga offered at multiple branches on multiple days/times; Pilates offered on Fridays at Venice – Abbot Kinney Memorial Branch Library.
The Porter Ranch Branch offers free yoga classes three Saturdays a month. A chair yoga alternative is also offered. Wellness classes, meditation classes, and healthy nutrition cooking classes also offered.
County of Los Angeles Public Library – http://www.colapublib.org/ – Yoga offered Saturday mornings at San Gabriel Library; Zumba Fitness offered Monday nights at Clifton M. Brakensiek Library; Zumba! offered Tuesday nights at Sorensen Library.
Monrovia Public Library – http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/your-government/library – Library incorporates movement at various times throughout the year into adult, family and children’s programs.
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library – http://www.montereypark.ca.gov/238/Library – Two Music and Movement Story Times offered each week. Line dance and Tai Chi groups outside the library in the mornings.
Mountain View Public Library – http://mountainview.gov/depts/library/events/default.asp – Healthy Happens Here: Fitness with the YMCA offered on Wednesdays at noon; Time for Twos offered Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Oakland Public Library – http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2017/03/people/movers-shakers-2017/reginald-burnette-jr-anthony-propernick-movers-shakers-2017-innovators/ – A variety of bicycle related programming offered.
Orange County Public Library – http://www.ocpl.org/ – Kids Yoga offered Monday evenings at Los Alamitos-Rossmoor; Gentle Yoga offered Tuesday evenings at Cypress; Children’s Playtimes offered at Laguna Beach and Mesa Verde; Music and Movement offered on multiple days and times at La Habra Branch Library.
Palo Alto City Library – http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/lib/default.asp – Library provides a weekly Tai Chi class and nearly all storytimes provide some movement activity.
Redwood City Public Library – https://www.redwoodcity.org/departments/library – 4th Monday of the month, 1pm-2pm (except August and December) Dance with Miss Leslie, Ages 3-5, Movement stories, preballet and jazz instruction, gross motor obstacle course, movement based free play; Recurring 4 Week Program – 4 consecutive Thursdays, 1:00 – 1:45pm (October, December, February, April, June) – Books and Ballet, Ages 3-5, Dance themed storytime combined with a pre ballet dance class; Most Mondays during the school year and some Mondays during summer library offers Yoga 4 Kids for ages 2-6, Yoga poses for children and their adults.
Riverside County Library System – http://rivlib.info/ – Fit After 50 offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at Wildomar Library; Gentle Yoga offered once a month at Sun City Library.
San Diego County Library – http://www.sdcl.org/ – Yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, Hoop Fitness, Music & Movement, Exercise Dance Class and other movement-based programs held weekly on multiple days and times at multiple locations throughout library system; The local Volkssport group has developed “walk boxes” for a number of the libraries in the system: these are self-directed walks through neighborhoods with the start and end at the library.
San Diego Public Library – https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library – Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Dance, Fitness Fun, and Zumba offered at multiple branches on multiples days/times for multiple age groups.
San Francisco Public Library – https://sfpl.org/index.php – Health and wellness and programs offered at multiple branches. Yoga and programs with a “bicycle-powered blender” (Rock the Bike!) sometimes offered at multiple branches.
Santa Barbara Public Library – http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/lib/default.asp – Wilderness Hiking Series: monthly hiking talk with information about all things related to hiking in the area around Santa Barbara, including information about upcoming public hikes. For youth, the library offers a weekly Music and Movement Class for children ages 0-3 and their caregivers. In addition, some Summer Reading prizes are movement based, for example, kids earn a free pass to swim at a public pool, a free gymnastics class, and discounted passes to jump at a local trampoline park.
Santa Clara County Library District – https://www.sccl.org/ – Zumba Tuesday evenings at Gilroy Library; Tai Chi Friday mornings at Milpitas Library; Yoga Friday mornings at Milpitas; Yoga Friday afternoons at Gilroy; Rhythm, Rattle and Rock Music and Movement Story Time Saturday mornings at Gilroy.
Sausalito Public Library – www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/library – During Summer 2017 library offers Creative Movement for Preschoolers, Mondays, July 10, 17, 24 & 31, for Ages 3-5.
Sonoma County Library – https://sonomalibrary.org/ – Library has StoryWalk® programs; Through Healthy Living at Your Library Series (https://sonomalibrary.org/events/programs/healthy-living-at-your-library) a variety of classes are offered regularly; Library also regularly offers events for children like: Mindful Minis – yoga & mindfulness for children 6-12, Teen Yoga, Kids Zumba, Yoga Storytimes, and Bibliobop Dance Parties.
South Pasadena Public Library – http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/index.aspx?page=228 – Family Storytimes on Tuesday nights incorporate yoga poses.
South San Francisco Public Library – http://ssf.net/521/Library – Kidz in Motion is a movement and literacy activity at the library. This helps build developing kids’ motor skills through dance, games and activities with friends and families.
Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library – http://www.riponfriends.org/yoga_pilates.php – Beginning Yoga and Pilates offered Wednesday evenings at Ripon Memorial Library.
Sutter County Library (Yuba City) – https://www.co.sutter.ca.us/doc/government/depts/library/library – Two Music and Movement Story Times each week, year round as well as a Family Yoga class once a month during the school year. The Family Yoga class will increase to weekly sessions during the summer months. The calendar and events are all posted on the library’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/SutterCountyLibrary.
Yolo County Library – http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/general-government-departments/library – Winters Community Library has Walk N’ Talk Book Club; Tai Chi and Zumba sporadically offered at Arthur F. Turner Community Library.
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