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Live Well @ Your Library

Live Well @ Your Library

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.

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Southwest Family Resource Fair at Meadowridge Library on May 11, 2024

Southwest Family Resource Fair

Meadowridge Library (5726 Ramond Rd)

Saturday, May 11, 11am-3pm

In the days leading up to summer, enjoy a gathering of families and neighbors at Meadowridge Library where you can learn more about the organizations and resources in your community!

The Southwest Family Resource Fair is a free, drop-in event with family-friendly activities, snacks, and music, as well as info to help you better navigate health, wellness, employment, transportation and other critical resources for your family.

For little ones, we'll have a photo booth from 11am-1pm, face painting from 1-3pm,and art activities available throughout! 

Participating organizations include: Southwest Family Resource Fair Participating Organization logos

Some organizations will also be giving away items, services and more! 

We'll provide a free We Read bag upon entry. No registration required.

Teen Market

Plus, local teens have been participating in a multi-week program to create and brand their own products! You can browse and purchase stickers, keychains, tote bags, and buttons made by and for teenagers in the community. This is a great way to support youth artists and entrepreneurs! All sales will be cash-only.

This program was made possible thanks to support from the Madison Public Library Foundation. 

Wellness At Home: Make Your Own Gratitude Journal

The practice of daily gratitude is perfect for the cold, winter months. While you're reflecting on the previous year or gearing up for the new one, take a little time out to make your own gratitude journal! Artist Angela Johnson created this helpful kit so that you can design your journal using watercolor techniques and common materials found around the house. Each kit also includes 30 journal prompts to guide your gratitude practice. Download the instructions by clicking the images below and get started today! 

This kit is intended for older adults as part of the Live Well @ Your Library Senior Initiative.

Wellness Books

A few highlights of new and newer wellness books available at your library.

Cover of Bite By Bite: Nourishments
Fumi Nakamura

Poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil explores the way food and drink evoke our associations and remembrances--a subtext or layering, a flavor tinged with joy, shame, exuberance, grief, desire, or nostalgia. Nezhukumatathil restores our astonishment and wonder about food through her encounters with a range of foods and food traditions. From shave ice to lumpia, mangoes to pecans, rambutan to vanilla, she investigates how food marks our experiences and identities and explores the boundaries between heritage and memory. Bite by Bite offers a rich and textured kaleidoscope of vignettes and visions into the world of food and nature, drawn together by intimate and humorous personal reflections, with Fumi Nakamura's gorgeous imagery and illustration.

Cover of Black Earth Wisdom: Soulfu

In this collection of essays and interviews curated by the acclaimed author of Farming While Black, the writers address the essential connection between nature and our survival. They explore Black people's spiritual and scientific connection to the land, waters, and climate, and show how runaway consumption and corporate instability are harming the earth and impacting every faces of American society-- including racial violence, food apartheid, and climate injustice.

Cover of The Climate Change Garden:
Sally Morgan
Kim Stoddart

In this global gardener's guide to creating a resilient, climate-wise garden, learn how to adapt your garden to cope with volatile weather extremes and other effects of a rapidly changing climate. The Climate Change Garden shares which types of gardens are better suited to deal with such extremes and which techniques, practices, and equipment can be put to good use in our gardens to help temper the issues. At the center, it’s about working with the natural world to create a productive, low-maintenance, climate-savvy garden that is capable of standing strong against the effects of a changing climate.

This title is also available as an ebook.

Cover of Color taste texture :recip

This much-needed cookbook combines tips and techniques with a dash of understanding about food aversion and how to help your kids - and yourself - cook beautiful meals in an empowering way, and is a groundbreaking resource for anyone who has ever been called "picky" or "discerning." Learn how to alter the texture, taste profile, or color palette of a dish. Delicious, nutritious, and easily tailored recipes (including for gluten-free and vegan eaters) include: the perfect smashed cheeseburger, Italian sausage and potato soup, omelet stuffed focaccia, chocolate pinwheels, and dozens more.

Cover of Disability Intimacy: Essay

Disability Intimacy is a revolutionary collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience, and intimacy in all its myriad forms. This book offers explorations of caregiving, community, access, and friendship, as well as disabled sexual discovery, love stories, and joy. Twenty-five stunning original pieces (plus other modern classics on the subject) include essays, photo essays, poetry, drama, and erotica: a full spectrum of the dreams, fantasies, and deeply personal realities of a wide range of beautiful bodies and minds.

Check out even more great wellness reads!

Black Women's Wellness Book List

Mental Health Awareness Book List

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