Recurring movement-based programs in North Carolina 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.
Alamance County Public Libraries – https://www.alamancelibraries.org/ – Zumba for adults weekly at Graham Public Library Tuesdays at 6 p.m.; StoryWalk® outdoors in Burlington and Elon; Move to the Music for children 2-5 at multiple branches. The library also participates in Active City Streets, an annual event in Burlington in May.
Albemarle Regional Library – http://www.arlnc.org/ – Annual NC Watermelon 5K is a fundraiser for the Elizabeth Sewell Parker Public Library in downtown Murfreesboro.
Alexander County Public Library – http://www.alexanderlibrary.org/ – Summer Reading Program includes an annual hike at Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area
Appalachian Regional Library – http://www.arlibrary.org/ – Permanently offers Storywalk® at Ashe County Park, Blowing Rock Memorial Park, Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir, Old Cove Creek School, The Tot Lot in Boone, and in numerous temporary installations.
Ashe County Library – www.ashelibrary.org – offers Yoga Club Mondays at 5:30.
Wilkes County Library – www.wilkeslibrary.org – provides access to recreational equipment to be used outdoors every day via Checkout Wilkes; Music and Movement for ages 2-5 at 11:00am every Wednesday; and the Wonderland Garden Club for all ages one Saturday a month.
Brunswick County Library – http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/library/events/ – Chair Yoga offered Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. at the Hickmans Crossroads Library
Buncombe County Public Library – https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/ – Bounce ‘n Books “A movement based story time for children of all ages” offered weekly at multiple branches; Pack Memorial Library has Mixed Level Pilates the second Saturday of the month at 11.
Cabarrus County Public Library – https://go.activecalendar.com/cabarruscounty/site/library/?keywords=movement – Multiple movement-based story times and programs for young children offered through library system.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – https://www.cmlibrary.org/calendar?tid%5B%5D=33 – Multiple movement-based programs offered for all ages through “Health Education” program series. The library will be installing three permanent StoryWalks in the Uptown neighborhood during 2018. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation sponsors a Rock & Read 5K every October.
Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library – http://www.cpclib.org/ – Tai Chi Easy offered Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at New Bern-Craven County Public Library; Cateret County Public Library holds annual Turn the Page 5K in June
Davidson County Public Libraries – http://www.co.davidson.nc.us/Library/ – At Denton Public Library a walking group meets at library Mondays at 5:30 in the Fall/Spring, Yoga class at 6:30 on Mondays. Library has seed exchange in Spring.
Durham County Library – https://durhamcountylibrary.org/calendar/ – Down South Shuffle Dance Group Mondays at 6:30 at Southwest Regional; Family Yoga Mondays at 1:30 at Southwest Regional; Introduction to Tai Chi Saturday mornings at 9:45 at Southwest Regional; Morning Yoga for Wellness Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. at North Regional; Zumba Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at South Regional and Thursdays at 6:30 at East Regional; Movement and Music! Wednesday mornings at 9:45 at Southwest Regional for children 2-5; Music and Movement Wednesday mornings at 10:30 at Stanford L. Warren Branch.
East Albemarle Regional Library – http://www.youseemore.com/earl/ – Senior Yoga at 2 p.m. at Corolla Library
Farmville Public Library – http://farmvillelibrary.org/home – Annual 5K and Fun Run in May
Fontana Regional Library – http://fontanalib.org/ – StoryWalk® at Macon County Public Library, Little Tennessee River Greenway; Toddlers Rock Mondays at 10 a.m. at Macon County Public Library; Rock & Read for kids of all ages Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at the Jackson County Public Library. Library has nature backpack check-out program: http://fontanalib.org/checkout-a-backpack-at-mcpl.
Forsyth County Public Library – http://www.forsyth.cc/library/ – Yoga Class Wednesdays at 6:30 and Thursdays at 3:30 at Walkertown Branch; WOW: Walkers of Walkertown meets 9:30 a.m. at Walkertown Branch on Mondays and Thursdays; Community Garden Plots at Walkertown Branch; Sittercise Chair Exercise Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at Rural Hall Branch; Music & Movement offered at multiple branches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Gaston County Public Library – http://gastonlibrary.org/ – Strech & Move gentle adult exercise class Fridays at 10:30 at Cherryville Branch; Fantastic Fit Fridays offered during Summer Reading at Main Branch.
Greensboro Public Library – http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=780 – Sensory Storytime for children of all ages offered monthly at Glenn McNairy Branch. Glenwood Branch programs provided include: Yoga Storytimes, usually twice a year; Preschool Listen & Move Storytimes, usually 2 or 3 times a year; Preschool/Afterschool Dance Party, usually once a year; Outdoor and Indoor Playground Games for special events. Hemphill Branch has an annual Splash Night in mid-summer usually the last Monday night in July: Event includes outdoor water relays and water balloon toss, a sprinkler, and bubble play.
The Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch Library is located in Price Park, a 98-acre passive park. Mailboxes at the trailhead and in the reading garden contain hands-on activities to enjoy during nature walks. Nature-themed backpacks with books and activities for outdoor use are available for checkout from the library. Orienteering courses can be found in the park, as well as a corresponding orienteering backpack in the library. For the curious adventurer, geocaches and letterboxes are hidden throughout the park as well. Outdoor bird walks, hikes, and other library nature programming are provided regularly by library community partners such as The National Audubon Society and the Piedmont Bird Club.
Harnett County Public Library – http://harnett.libguides.com/c.php?g=571520&p=3939699 – Yoga Time every third Friday at 10 a.m. for children 3-5 at Dunn Public Library; Yoga for Adults held once a month during the evenings. The Lillington Branch offers Pre-K yoga through the Harnett County Partnership for Children on the last Friday of each month at 10 a.m. Registration through the library is required. The Lillington Branch also offers a Story Time at the Park for all ages every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Anderson Creek Park. The story time is held outdoors near the park’s playground and children are encouraged to stay and play on the grounds or explore the park’s nature trails after participating in songs, dance, and stories.
Haywood County Public Library – http://haywoodlibrary.libguides.com/main – Rompin’ Stompin’ Storytime for ages 0-6, Thursdays at 10:30 at Canton; Movers & Shakers active storytime, Thursdays at 11 at Waynesville. The library also has a Storywalk at the Vance Street Park in Waynesville, and a mini storywalk at the Canton Branch Library’s Giving Garden.
Henderson County Public Library – http://library.hendersoncountync.org/events.html – Yoga for adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m., and on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Mills River Branch Library; Music and Movement Storytimes Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at Main Library.
Hickory Public Library – http://www.hickorync.gov/content/library – Yoga classes on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.
High Point Public Library – https://www.highpointnc.gov/749/Library/ – Yoga for Kids Preschool for ages 3-5 and for ages 6-12 offered weekly; Zumba:Strong and PiYo for adults offered weekly; teaching garden located in front of library.
Lincoln County Public Library System – http://www.lincolncounty.org/index.aspx?NID=986 – Florence S. Shanklin Library has a walking trail and nature area around the library, which will have a StoryWalk installed soon.
Mauney Memorial Library (Kings Mountain) – http://www.mauneylibrary.org/249/Mauney-Memorial-Library – Adult Yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m.
Mooresville Public Library – http://ci.mooresville.nc.us/225/Library – The library has partnered with Iredell County Health System to offer a Gentle Exercise and Yoga program.
Nantahala Regional Library System – http://www.youseemore.com/Nantahala/ – Andrews Public Library offers Tai Chi Classes, Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m.; and Yoga classes Saturdays at 9:30
New Hanover County Public Library – http://www.nhclibrary.org/ – Family Yoga Storytimes, Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at Main Library; Music and Movement, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasure Island for ages 0-5, and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Northeast Library for ages 0-18 months; StoryWalk® outdoors Carolina Beach Lake Park, Hugh MacRae Park, and Smith Creek Park.
Northwestern Regional Library – http://www.nwrl.org/ – Tai Chi Fridays at 10 a.m. at Mt. Airy, Fitness Support Group meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at Boonville Public Library
Onslow County Public Library – http://www.onslowcountync.gov/150/Library – New Year, New You programs annually in January at Main Library (Jacksonville). The three hour, Saturday morning program gives attendees the opportunity to meet local fitness, health and food experts. Incentives include prizes donated by community participants and free blood pressure checks, glucose and cholesterol screenings from hospital outreach staff. Movement is also incorporated into the library’s early literacy programs.
Orange County Library – http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/library/index.php – Annual 5k fun walk/run and family yoga classes offered as part of summer reading programs; Library participates in National Dance Day last day in July; Beginning Fall 2017 library offers Yoga for adults and teenagers every other Wednesday, as well as an Outdoor Explorers Book Club.
Person County Public Library – http://www.personcounty.net/departments-services/departments-i-z/library – Bookin’ It Down the Road 5K Fundraiser held every October.
Polk County Public Libraries – https://polklibrary.org/body-spirit-aerobics/ – Body & Spirit Aerobics offered Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Columbus Library.
Randolph County Public Library – http://www.randolphlibrary.org/ – Music and Movement for ages 2-5 at Asheboro on Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
Rowan County Public Library – https://www.rowancountync.gov/GOVERNMENT/Departments/RowanPublicLibrary.aspx – Learn.Act.Grow. annual program series at China Grove Library in the Spring.
Southern Pines Public Library – http://www.southernpines.net/399/Library-and-Information-Technology-Servi – Music and Motion Storytime every other week Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; StoryWalk® outdoors on library grounds.
Transylvania County Library – http://library.transylvaniacounty.org/ – Hullabaloo! Programs for ages 0-5 offered on various dates. The library also offers two annual movement-based, outdoors programs in collaboration with other agencies in the county: 1) Spring Into Books and 2) Family Splash Day. Spring Into Books is held in the spring and is an interactive book-related adventure course targeted for kids ages 4-12. Family Splash Day takes place in the Summer. The library sets up a mini water park on the Library lawn. Activities targeted towards toddler and preschoolers, but all ages welcome.
Wake County Public Library – http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/Pages/default.aspx – “Healthy Lifestyle” programs offered on ongoing basis.
Warren County Memorial Library – http://www.wcmlibrary.org/ – Music and Movement for ages 2-4 last Tuesdays of month at 10:30 a.m.
Wayne County Public Library – https://waynefoods.wordpress.com/our-work/wcpl-summer-garden-program/ – Community Garden organized by library. Line dancing held once a week at the Steele Memorial Library (Mount Olive), which also holds an annual ghost walk in collaboration with the historical society.
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