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Health, Wellness and Your Library

So many ways to help find wellness!

Start the Year Off Well

Finding Wellness at Your Library!

  1. Learn the traditional Hawaiian dance of hula and learn about Hawaiian culture.  Join Missy Scalph for an introduction to Hawaiian culture and dancing. Hula is more than just a dance, it tells the story of the people of Hawaii.
    Bowman Library, Thursday, January 4, 6:00 PM
    Bowman Library, Thursday, January 18, 6:00 PM
  2. Join our Storybook Yoga sessions. Experience yoga for the whole family as we move, stretch, and read together! Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothes. Then, take home a Grab-and-Go Kit that includes extension activities to do later. All ages/levels are welcome.
    Handley Library, Saturday, January 13, 10:30 AM
    Handley Library, Saturday, February 10, 10:30 AM
  3. Join our Intro to Tai Chi sessions. Instructor Adrian VanKeuren will teach a series of slow, gentle movements and physical postures.
    Bowman Library, Tuesday, January 23, 9:00 AM
    Bowman Library, Tuesday, February 27, 9:00 AM
  4. Join our Yoga Flow for Adults sessions. Move, breathe, and stretch at the library with this all levels yoga flow for adults. Space is limited, arrive 15 minutes early to claim your spot. Bring a yoga mat and any other props you may need. Taught by Christina Rash, RYT 500 & a teacher at Shine Yoga.
    Bowman Library, Thursday, January 25, 6:00 PM
    Bowman Library, Thursday, February 29, 6:00 PM
  5. Join our Applying to Lineage Societies sessions. Have you ever wanted to apply to a lineage society such as the Daughters of the American Revolution? Do you have an application but aren't sure if you have all the proofs you need? Katherine Collins, MLISc, can help you with your questions, review applications, and assist with genealogical research issues. Katherine will be available in the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives reading room from 10:30AM to 12PM. Registration is not required.
    Handley Library, Saturday, January 27, 10:30 AM
    Handley Library, Saturday, February 17, 10:30 AM
  6. Join our Snack & Chat Workshop for Your Health. Jump start your healthy lifestyle in 2024 and join us for a Snack & Chat Workshop with Hannah Copp from the Virginia Cooperative Extension. During each workshop, Hannah will share tips, tricks, and healthy snacks. Space is limited. Registration encouraged.
    Handley Library, Friday, February 9, 12:00 PM
    Handley Library, Friday, February 23, 12:00 PM
    Handley Library, Friday, March 8, 12:00 PM
    Handley Library, Friday, March 22, 12:00 PM
  7. Attend our Remembering Together program. Join us for Remembering Together, a storytime partnership with Westminster Canterbury staff trained in recognizing, addressing, and dealing with the results of dementia in a family. The interactive time together will explore ways to deal with and care for those who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other stages of dementia. This is a multi-generational program celebrating all members of the family and community.
    Bowman Library, Saturday, January 27, 1:00 PM
  8. Reinvent yourself – write your next chapter. Some people end a career and retire. Others end their career and start reinventing themselves. Brent L. Kendrick is one of the "others," except he's had two successful careers and is now reinventing himself as he begins a new life chapter. If you're considering your own new beginnings, if you're an aspiring writer, if you're a lover of short stories, or if you're just looking to be inspired, this is the perfect program for you.
    Bowman Library, Tuesday, February 20, 11:00 AM
  9. Learn a new language right from your home! Click here to access Mango Languages from your computer and choose from 70 different languages! All you need is your library card. Click here to access Transparent Languages. With courses and supplemental resources in 110+ languages, Transparent Language Online can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on almost any device.
  10. Join a Sit & Stitch group – now there is a Sit & Stitch group at each branch of the HRLS! Stitching is an effective way to improve creativity and mindfulness while reducing stress. The library is a great place to get crafty, socialize, network, and make friends!
    Handley Sit & Stitch: every Tuesday at 5:00 PM and every Wednesday at 10:30 AM
    Bowman Sit & Stitch: every Friday at 11:00 AM
    Clarke County Sit & Stitch: every Tuesday at 1:00 PM
  11. Work out with a fitness video. You can check out a DVD or stream a video on your device/computer. Click here to go right to fitness videos you can stream from home!
  12. Learn something new or update your existing skills! Choose from over 500 online courses, from photography to physics, computers to calligraphy. Or become a DIY-er – learn how to make bread, make candles, garden and landscape, knit, sew and mend, make soap, and more! Click here to learn all about learning free through Universal Class.