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Library Service Includes Variety of Health Options

A longtime source for exercising the minds of readers through LITERALLY millions of pages of material, the Pioneer Library System also is giving its customers multiple opportunities for physical fitness.

Libraries offer programs, many occurring on a weekly basis, with topics ranging from more physical Zumba workouts to less strenuous yoga or therapy band activities to classes on learning how to cook and make a family eating plan.

On several occasions in recent years, the library has received a Health Literacy Grant for offering a variety of services. The grant comes through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act, a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It’s one of more than 1,500 grants provided nationally by IMLS yearly.

The grant has allowed for a variety of physical fitness programs, first taking place at the Moore and Southwest Oklahoma City libraries and since expanding to several more in the Pioneer Library System’s three-county area.

Upcoming activities and dates include:

Both the SOKC and Moore libraries present Tai Chi for Health activities multiple times a month. The SOKC library invites ages 7 and up for programs at 6 p.m.Mondays, Jan. 8 and 22, while the Moore library hosts classes at 9:15 a.m. on each Monday morning for ages 12 and up.

The SOKC library presents Pilates classes at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 and 23, for ages 12 and older, and the Noble Public Library’s Gentle Yoga series for adults will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 10.

For those seeking a more active workout, the Moore library’s popular Zumba series brings a Latin flavor to the library at 6 p.m. on each Thursday the library is open.

The grant also is funding classes on healthy eating, like the “Eat Smart” series at Norman West library, with the first free class set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21.

And classes aren’t confined to just local libraries. The Noble Public Library is taking separate series of Resistance Band classes and Tai Chi for Balance activities to the Noble Senior Center, 606 E. Maguire Road. The Resistance Band series takes place at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. from Jan. 7 through Feb. 18, while the Tai Chi series runs at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning Jan. 9 and running through Feb. 19.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the agency within the U.S. government tasked with supporting all types of libraries in innovative programs and other ways to educate.

To find out more about any of the Pioneer Library System’s services for readers, 
go online to pioneerlibrarysystem.org, or via the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available for free download via the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.