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Focus on Wellness

Dec 20, 2022
Health and wellness activities available at the library in January

As we recover from the holiday season and set our intentions for the new year, it's the perfect time to focus on mental health and wellness. Madison Public Library is offering a number of wellness activities for all ages in January. Browse events and learn more below: 

Programs for Kids

Creative Movement and Dance for Little Ones with the Isthmus Dance Collective

Fridays in January, 9:15-10AM | Pinney Library

Enjoy dance, creative movement, songs and stories that get children thinking creatively and problem solving while having fun. Creative Movement and Dance is brimming with energy, curiosity, creativity, and fun geared towards kids aged 2-4 and but with plenty of fun to be had for caregivers and siblings. All levels of participation are welcome and we suggest caregiver interaction especially for children under 3yrs.

Dancers will learn about physical and spatial concepts by exploring the ideas through self generated movement and play. The highest priorities are having fun, learning concepts that are useful for both dance and life at large, and expanding physical and linguistic vocabularies.

Pogie the Yogie

January 6, 10-10:45AM | Sequoya Library

Join Pogie for some mindful movement and yoga designed for kids.  Approved by parents. Please bring a towel or yoga mat if you have one.

We Read to a Dog

Read aloud to a furry friend at Pinney Library. Bring a favorite book or try a new one from our collection. First come, first served.

Move - Nourish - Connect

January 19 & 26, 10:30AM | Pinney Library

Move, Nourish, Connect: These are important concepts that tend to fall by the wayside for parents during the first years of a little one's life. 

This program is designed for both parent/caregiver and child (ages birth - 5) to learn to move naturally, nourish their bodies and connect with one another and others in attendance.

Bring yourself and your little one and move, nourish and connect with your community.

Programs for Teens

Express Yourself Art Program

Thursdays January 12-April 20, 6-7PM | Meadowridge Library

There's a new and creative series for teens at Meadowridge Library! On Thursday evenings from 6-7PM, you'll learn more about an influential artist and make your own masterpiece. This series will take place from January 12 - April 20, 2023 (no class Feb. 23). At each session, kids will make their own artwork in the style of the artist introduced. All supplies provided; no registration required.

Teen Yoga and Wellness

Tuesdays January 17-February 7, 6-7PM | Meadowridge Library

We're partnering with ZenEd Wellness to offer teens and tween a 4-week event series on yoga and wellness at Meadowridge Library! We'll be meeting every Tuesday between January 17 - February 7 for an hour of yoga and wellness activities. Bring your own mat, or we'll provide one for you; no registration required.

Programs for Adults

Mental Wellness Workshops

Thursdays in January, 5-7PM | Hawthorne Library

Hawthorne Library has partnered with Nikyra McCann to offer a series of events on a range of mental wellness topics. No registration required. 

  • January 5: Standing in Stability
  • January 12: Coping with Mental Illness
  • January 19: Mindfulness
  • January 26: Building Self-Esteem

More opportunities to take this 4-week wellness series are available at different libraries this spring. READ MORE

Mindful Moments: A Drop-in Meditation Group

January 9 & 23, 12:30-1:45PM | Sequoya Library + Virtual

Join us when you can to learn simple mindfulness and meditation techniques that can be incorporated into your everyday routine to reduce your stress and increase your well-being. Typically, each session will begin with a brief check-in, followed by a guided sitting meditation. The group will discuss a mindfulness topic and ask any questions about the practice. We will end with another sitting meditation. Experience in mindfulness or meditation is not necessary. This program is being offered both in-person and online through Zoom. If you would like to join by Zoom, please register below. Registration is not necessary for in-person attendance.

Mindful Art: Zen Circles

January 12, 6:30-7:30PM | Lakeview Library

Come spend an hour quieting your mind with ink, paint, and brushes. The activity for this mindful art will be creating zen circles. This process-focused art is used a means to get centered and grounded. It is less of an art class, and more of a facilitated experience. Absolutely no art skill is required. We will crowdsource possibilities of what you might do with your circles when dry. REGISTER

Walking Book Group

January 20, 2-3PM | Lakeview Library

Like to walk and talk? Read hidden gems and get to know some great people? Join us for the Northside Walking Book Club on third Fridays at 2 p.m. We gather at Lakeview Library, and then take a walk in the neighborhood while discussing a book. You can pick up the book in advance at Lakeview Library so you'll be ready to discuss it at the meeting--just let staff know you're looking for the Northside Walking Book Club book. Dogs and strollers are welcome! Call the library at 608-246-4547 for more details and to let us know if you'd like to join us.

Herbs for Winter Health

January 24, 6:30-7:30PM | Lakeview Library

Later this month, join veteran herbalist Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs for a workshop and tasting of Herbs for Winter Health! This class will introduce you to herbs that can promote winter health as well as address common ailments. Everyone will make their own simple elderberry oxymel syrup and herbal lozenges to take home! Participants will also taste a variety of herbal teas and infusions that can be easily made at home. Join us on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30PM. Space is limited and registration is required for this program. SIGN UP

See more programming available from the library at madpl.org/calendar.