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Live Well @ Your Library

Live well

Wellness is not just about physical health; it’s also about having a healthy mind and relationships.

Madison Public Library can help you stay informed through our free resources and help you reach your wellness goals through our workshops by the community, for the community.

Upcoming Events

Slide Slide Dancing
Saturdays: March 2, 16, 30 | 2:00pm | Meadowridge
Join us for "slides" and hip hop dancing. All ages and ability levels welcome!


Gentle Yoga with Kristen Sage
Mondays: March 4, 11, 18, 25 | 12:00pm | Lakeview

This 4-session yoga series will focus on mindful movement and breathing to provide support for posture and balance. This introductory series is appropriate for those who can move from the floor to standing without assistance and is appropriate for those new to yoga. Bring a mat, firm blanket or towel to practice and clothes comfortable for movement. Register online.


Meeting of Minds
Tuesdays: March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9 | 10:00am | Central 

Meeting of Minds is a memory enhancement program for those with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's, or other dementia to help maximize cognitive function and sustain quality of life. Pre-registration and an informational interview are REQUIRED prior to attending. Contact Noreen Kralapp, Dementia Outreach Specialist, at 608-661-0463 for more information and to register.


LGBT & Dementia Community Forum
Thursday, March 7 | 6:00pm | Sequoya

Learn about Alzheimer's, dementia, memory loss and how it affects the LGBT community. Registration is preferred. Register online at alz.org/scwisc or call 800.272.3900.


Yoga Sprouts with Katie
Saturdays: March 9, 23; April 13, 27; May 11, 25 | 10:00am | Central
Fridays: May 10, 17, 24 & 31 | 9:30 & 10:30 | Sequoya

Children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers are invited to join Yoga Sprouts Instructor, Katie Muschlewski for a fun family class! Please bring a towel or yoga mat for yourself and your child. Registration required.


Mindful Moments: A Drop-In Meditation Group
Mondays: March 11, 25, April 8, 22, May 13 | 12:30pm | Sequoya

Join instructor Gloria Green 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. Experience in mindfulness or meditation is not necessary.


Caregiver Support Group
Mondays: March 11, April 8 | 6:30pm | Alicia Ashman 

Join other senior/dementia caregivers for support and strategies for helping those you care for. Register online. *Due to allergies of group members, this is a no-scent group. Please refrain from wearing perfumes or other scented products. Thank you!


Herbs and Fermentation for Digestive Health
Tuesday, March 12 | 5:00pm | Lakeview Library

A healthy microbiome promotes overall health of the digestive and immune systems. Join Herbalist Linda Conroy to learn about the beneficial herbs and fermented foods that are easy to make and to incorporate into everyday life. Recipes and samples will be provided. Vegetarian. Limit 20 people. For ages 8 and older; adult supervision required. 


Memory Screening
Thursday, March 21 | 1:00-4:00pm (call 266-6385 to register) | Sequoya
Wednesday, May 15 | 10:30am-1:30pm (call 246-4547 to register) | Lakeview

A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory. It creates a baseline so future changes can be monitored. Specialists from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide these free 20-minute, confidential memory screenings and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Results are immediate, free and confidential. ​Sign up at the reference desk or call the location of your choice.


Baby Gym
Fridays: March 22, 29; April 5, 12 | 10:00am | Central

Help your baby gain good pre-reading and writing skills and have fun at the same time! Baby Gym incorporates large motor activities with stories to develop body and mind. For babies aged 3 - 18 months.


Venus Inspires:  Movement​ and Mindfulness Series
Featuring Health Coach Venus Washington, a series of three workshops on movement and mindfulness topics. For adults. Registration required.
Saturday, March 23 | 10:00am (Mindful Talk) | Hawthorne
Saturday, March 30 | 10:00am (Chair Mindfulness) | Hawthorne
Saturday, April 13 | 10:00am (Bring Your Yoga Mat!) | Hawthorne


Let’s Move! Youth Fitness Class
Mondays: March 25 | 3:00pm | Lakeview

A fun and active fitness class for kids, ages 7-12. Learn how to enhance your self-esteem by using basic exercises every day. Venus Washington will coach you on how to be mindful of your well-being by using upbeat music and easy body movement.


Wonderful Wednesdays: Cooking with Chef Lily
Wednesdays: March 27, April 24 | 4:00pm | Goodman South Madison

Come to the library and enjoy a variety of activities! We'll be having arts, crafts, games, food, and more.


Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance Bi-Monthly Meeting
Monday, April 1 | 5:30pm | Hawthorne

Every other month, join members of the Alzheimer's and Dementia League of Wisconsin for a variety of talks on Alzheimer’s, caregiving, and related topics. Call 608-232-3400 for detailed information about each night's topic.


Free Yoga Class by YAFA: Yoga Accessible for All
Tuesday, April 2 | 4:30pm | Central​

Easy Yoga for Everyone: Certified Yoga Therapist Iris Mickey will teach this free class that can be done with the use of a chair for seated poses and to assist with balance in standing poses. Those using a wheelchair are welcome. 4:30-5:30 Tuesday April 2nd at the Central Public Library. Registration is encouraged to help with headcount, but drop-ins are welcome.


Coping with Stress Through Journaling
Thursday, April 18 | 6:30pm | Central

Stress can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. In this 1-hour educational session, learn how you react to stress, how it’s affecting your health, and how to use journaling as a healthy coping tool. Register online.


16 Mold Facts You Need To Know
Tuesday, April 23 | 6:30pm | Lakeview

Is mold affecting your health? Have you been told there’s nothing wrong with you, but you know something’s off? Mold can lurk without a trace or scent. If this is happening where you spend time, you may be affected by mold and not even know it. Mold expert, Dr. Jill Crista, will expose 16 mold facts that you need to know if you've been exposed to a water-damaged building. Dr. Crista is a naturopathic doctor, nationally recognized health educator, and bestselling author of “Break The Mold: 5 Tools To Conquer Mold and Take Back Your Health.”  


Nourish You: Self Care Retreat
Saturday, May 4 | 9:30-11:30am | Lakeview

The Nourish You: Self-Care Retreat is for women who don’t always feel included in mainstream self-care offerings. Come and get inspired to move into relaxation! Presented by: Venus Washington, Nikki Cook, and Araceli Esparza. Women who attend will receive tools that they can incorporate into their lifestyle to enhance or begin a self-care practice at home. Register online starting April 20th.


Let’s Move! Parent and Child Fitness
Mondays: May 6, 13, 20 | 10:30am | Hawthorne

A fun and active fitness class for children ages 18 months to five years and their parent or caregiver. Learn songs, games, and exercises that can be used on a daily basis. 


Find more resources and events at madisonpubliclibrary.org/live-well

February 22, 2019