Recurring movement-based programs in Illinois 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.
Addison Public Library – http://addisonlibrary.libcal.com/calendar/events – Yoga and Zumba offered Tuesdays nights. Zumba at 6 p.m. and Yoga at 7 p.m.
Allerton Public Library District (Monticello) – http://www.monticellolibrary.org/calendar.html – The second half of both lap time and story time offered at the library is “play” based with large climbing blocks, balls, hula-hoops and rhythm shakers.
Alpha Park Public Library (Bartonville) – http://www.alphapark.org/ – Every year library has a “Biggest Loser” program that includes exercise classes; library also has regular walking programs. Library also has a garden.
Carol Stream Public Library – http://www.cslibrary.org/ – The library offers a different active program for adults each month. Classes include Yoga, pilates, Tai Chi, line dancing, walking meditation, Zumba, hula dancing, and chair yoga.
Centralia Regional Library District – http://www.centralialibrary.org/ – The Irvington branch has fishing poles provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources available for loan. The main branch also has IDNR backpacks and nature kits available.
Champaign Public Library – https://champaign.org/ – has an 8-week summer 2017 program, Fit and Fabulous, that focuses on health, nutrition, and gentle exercise. The series is targeted toward adults 50+, but all are welcome. The programs take place weekly on Tuesdays at 10 AM during Summer 2017. (There is no program on Tuesday, July 4.) Library also sporadically presents health and movement-themed programs for children, teens, and adults.
Chicago Public Library – https://www.chipublib.org/ – Community Yoga offered Saturday mornings at Manning Branch and Monday mornings at Daley, Richard M.-W Humboldt Branch; Walking Club Wednesday nights at Dunning; Zumba at the Library Wednesday nights at Wrightwood-Ashburn; Chinese Tai Chi for Beginners Saturday morning at Chinatown Branch; Slow Movement Stretch and Move Tuesday afternoons at Oriole Park.
Coal City Public Library District – http://www.ccpld.org/adultsvc.htm – One hour adult exercise classes offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays at 9 a.m.; Yoga for adults offered every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fit 4 Life for 1st through 5th graders offered every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m.
Danville Public Library – http://www.danville.lib.il.us/ – Wonder Garden program, yoga offered outside during summer months.
Dunlap Public Library District – http://dunlaplibrary.org/events/for-the-body/ – Yoga offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.; Zumba, Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.; and Asian Dance Class offered Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
East Dubuque District Library – http://eastdubuquelibrary.com – Adult Yoga offered September-May on Monday nights at 5:45.
Edwardsville Public Library – http://edwardsvillelibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar – Chair Yoga offered first Wednesday of month at 10 a.m.; Kindermusik offered some Friday mornings.
Elmwood Park Public Library – http://www.elmwoodparklibrary.org/ – Chair yoga offered twice a month on Mondays.
Fairview Heights Public Library – http://www.fairviewheightslibrary.org/ – Yoga offered Tuesday mornings at 10:30, other fitness programs offered sporadically.
Fox Lake District Library – http://www2.youseemore.com/foxlake/ – Yoga for Girls class in July, 2017, on Thursdays at 4 pm for girls 6-10 years old. Library also hosts a “Playtime for Littles” program for babies and toddlers up to 2 years of age in the Children’s Activity Center with sensory equipment and music.
Gail Borden Public Library – https://www.gailborden.info/ – Participates in “March into Health” city-wide programs in March; Walking Book Club Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.
Glen Carbon Centennial Library District – http://glencarbonlibrary.org/ – Yoga offered most Saturday mornings; library adding a Teen Yoga Book Club; library offers children’s story times with a Nia instructor during the summer.
Glen Ellyn Public Library – https://gepl.org/ – Programs include “Empowerment through Yoga” for grades 6-8; Little Lillies Yoga for ages 3 years through grade 1. Other programs include: Play Outside with GEPL at Prairie Path Park on July 7, 2017 9:30am-11am. The library also incorporates movement into teen and adult programs in a creative way, including in many teen-friendly programs, including After Hours Nerf Wars, Virtual Reality Showcase, and Drones After Dark.
Glenside Public Library District – http://www.glensidepld.org/ – Zumba and Line Dancing offered twice a month.
Grand Prairie Public Library – http://gppl.evanced.info/ – Chair Yoga @ The Library Friday mornings at 11 a.m.
Itasca Community Library – https://itascalibrary.org/ – Library has Baby-Tot Gym – a gym program for approximately ages 1-4 using gymnastics equipment and other equipment.
Joliet Public Library – http://jolietlibrary.libcal.com/ – Zumba toning Monday mornings at 11 a.m., Zumba! Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Lansing Public Library – http://www.lansingpl.org/ – Half Walk, Half Talk Book Club: Walking book club meets every Wednesday, starting July 12, 2017, at Erfert Park at 8:30 am. During the first 30 minutes participants enjoy a brisk walk along the path. Then, during the cool down, participants engage in a discussion on a specific section of the book. Each book broken into four sections and discussed each week.
Lillie M. Evans Library District (Princeville) – http://www.lmelibrary.org/ – Yoga offered Monday mornings and Friday mornings at 9:05 a.m.
Mokena Community Public Library District – www.mokenalibrary.org – Regular programs include Intro to Yoga, Happy Back Yoga, Get Fit Where You Sit, Yoga For Kids, and Walking Book Club.
Moyer District Library (Gibson City) – http://www.moyer.lib.il.us/hatha-yoga – Yoga classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Mt. Zion District Library – http://www.mtzion.lib.il.us/ – Offers Music and Movement program in 8 week sessions about 3 times a year.
Normal Public Library – www.normalpl.org/ – Lunchtime Yoga for teens and adults offered every Tuesday and Thursday at noon.
Northbrook Public Library – https://www.northbrook.info/ – Programs include Monday Movers Storytime for walkers up to 24 months and Chair Yoga every Friday for adults.
O’Fallon Public Library – https://ofpl.info/calendar – Zumba offered the 1st Wednesday every month, from 6:15 to 7:15pm; Gentle Yoga offered on various dates and times; Fusion Fit (combination of pilates and yoga) offered on select weeknights at 6:30; Yoga for Everybody offered second Wednesday of month, from 6-7 p.m.
Oswego Public Library District – https://www.oswego.lib.il.us/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp – Shake, Move, & Sing Together held monthly on Tuesday evenings for ages 0-5.
Northbrook Public Library – http://www.northbrook.info/visit/events/calendar – Chair Yoga offered Friday mornings at 9:30 and 11.
Rick Warren Memorial Public Library District – www.rickwarren.lib.il.us – Presented the Mother Bruce StoryWalk during National Library Week 2017: Students and families could read a story posted on twenty signs on a four block walk from the local elementary school ending at Rick Warren Library.
Sherman Public Library District – http://www.shermanlibrary.net/ – two youth oriented story-times that incorporate ABC yoga, shakers, songs with movement, and stories offered every Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 September-November, January-April, and June-July.
Vernon Area Library (Lincolnshire) – has a Library garden that benefits local food pantry clients.
White Oak Library District – http://whiteoaklibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar – Zumba, Yoga, Sit & Stay Fit Chair Exercises, Music in Motion, Pilates, Wii Bowling for Seniors offered on regular basis throughout library system.
Wood River Public Library – http://woodriverlibrary.org/ – Library offers Roll-n-Read (reading and tumbling combined) and yoga on a regular basis.
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