WAYS LIBRARIES CAN ENCOURAGE MORE MOVEMENT

Roland Denzel April 15, 2021 No Comments

Stack nature and physical literacy with reading time.

As a publisher we want to connect libraries and their patrons to our books, but we’re striving for a great impact: we’d like to help connect libraries and their patrons to the idea that humans benefit immensely not only from literacy in words and ideas, but also literacy in nature and movement.

Our catalog works together as a system, offering connection to nature and movement in the form of memoirs, Big Idea books on movement science, essays on sedentary culture, parenting books and many how-tos that break down getting more movement and more nature (and getting more movement in nature) into bite-size steps—no matter your patron’s age or stage. 


Below we’ve not only given a brief overview of how our titles can be tools in this way; we’ve also assembled broader materials that can help libraries foster not only physical activity, but an environment that simultaneously restores natural human movement as reading literacy is being promoted. Libraries are welcome to share the links, graphics, and text we’ve provided below.

HOW CAN LIBRARIES SUPPORT MOVEMENT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY?

Start following Let’s Move In Libraries
Create a StoryWalk!
Create a flexible seating area—one that allows or even encourages reading in a variety of postures on the floor. These work great in a kid’s reading area. Make simple signs or check out this “Think Outside The Chair” Poster (available here)!

‘DYNAMIC’ BOOK DISPLAY IDEAS

We know librarians love displays! Here are some display title ideas for setting up displays that get folks moving and thinking about movement.

SPRING into Walking Books!
Books to Inspire a Long Walk
Family Nature Adventures
Active at EVERY AGE
(layer baby/kid movement books with senior movement books)
Whole-Body Tool Kit (books on fixing body parts)
Stay Active in the Garden (garden displays are common, but in this case it’s the messaging that gardening is a form of exercise!)
NATURE SCHOOL: How to Move, Play, and DIY Outdoors

ARTICLES THAT CONNECT READING AND MOVEMENT

Looking for content to share with your patrons that promote reading and moving at the same time? Check out these articles below.

How to Hold a Dynamic Book Club
You Can Read And Move At The Same Time
21 Books To Get You Moving and Thinking About Movement
30 Books to Connect Kids (Toddlers to Teens) To Nature

OUR AUTHORS PRESENT AT LIBRARIES!

Propriometrics Press author Katy Bowman talks Dynamic Aging and the importance of body part mobility at the North Olympic Library System, Washington. Watch the presentation here!

OUR “DYNAMIC READER” TRIO

There are many exercise titles but almost no books discussing the importance of movement and moving outside. We currently recommend a trio of books that help get folks moving more outside at every age and stage: Grow Wild, Move Your DNA, and Dynamic Aging.

Our flagship book, Move Your DNA was crucial to beginning this “exercise is movement but movement is not exercise” discussion and was a 2017 Foreword Indie Award Honorable Mention for Health and Finalist for Science. 

Bowman covers some complicated topics, including physics, biology, kinesiology, and mathematics, but her tone is light, conversational, and often humorous, making learning from her effortless. Skillful use of analogy and metaphor makes complex topics accessible. ..Enjoyable, convincing, and sure to change the way fitness buffs (and couch potatoes) move. Foreword Reviews 

Grow Wild not only breaks down the ‘big ideas’ behind movement as a nutrient, it serves as a field guide―how to spot all the movement opportunities we’re currently missing.

Logical, persuasive, and compassionate arguments make this a timely resource: we’re all culpable of sitting around too much, but we’re all capable of redefining our modern mold, too.― Foreword Reviews

Dynamic Aging, as featured on the Today Show with Maria Shriver, is not an exercise guide as much as it is a guide to developing or maintaining the ability to take part in the physicality of life!

ALL OUR TITLES ARE AVAILABLE AS E-BOOKS

You can find our e-books at these vendors: OverDrive, Baker & Taylor (AXIS 360), EBSCO, Hoopla, Mackin, Perlego, ProQuest, Academic.

FINALLY, YOU CAN PUT ALL THE MOVEMENT BOOKS UP HIGH (REACH!) OR DOWN LOW (SQUAT!)

Books inconveniently placed move patrons more!

But really, we’re just kidding. I mean, you can do that (we spotted Dynamic Aging on the bottom shelf here) but it’s not necessary. These books will get folks moving in their own time!

We hope you find this resource useful and if you have any suggestions, requests, or ways we can get library users moving more, please reach out to us at at info@propriometricspress.com.

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