Join us for a webinar with Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library and Let’s Move in Libraries! to learn how libraries of all sizes can incorporate walking into programs for all ages. How have libraries walked their book clubs and programming outside their walls? We will take the path less traveled into StoryWalk® and Walking Book Club to inspire you to get your library up and moving.

Learn how a highly partnered and anchored StoryWalk® or quick pop-up outdoor book walk opportunities have flourished during the COVID-19 social distancing. Explore your outdoor movement opportunities, walk programs and local history walks with us in this hour-long adventure.

Participants of this session will:

• Brainstorm ideas to incorporate walking into programming
• Determine barriers and corresponding strategies for developing outdoors programs, including working with partners and dealing with weather
• Discuss the benefit of outdoor walks for social distancing
• Outline an assessment strategy for outdoors and passive programs like a StoryWalk®


Original broadcast January 21, 2021 

Presenter ~ Emily Nanney
Emily Nanney has worked in Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML) for 20 years. Since October 2018, she has been the education leader providing strategic oversight for programming and educational partnerships. Nanney previously held positions in children’s services including coordinator, manager and librarian. She was a 2018 Randolph Caldecott Selection Committee member, served as a member of the 2015 PLA Leadership Academy, was the team lead for the ALSC Institute, and project coordinator for the LSTA StoryWalk® Grant in 2018 for CML. Nanney holds an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and a BA in elementary education from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Presneter – Dr. Noah Lenstra
Dr. Noah Lenstra, MLIS, is an assistant professor of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he directs Let’s Move in Libraries. He is the author of Healthy Living at the Library (2020, Libraries Unlimited), and received (with colleagues from Wayne State and University of Oklahoma) a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to study how small and rural public libraries address health and wellness through public programs. He is a member of the Public Library Association’s Promoting Healthy
Communities Advisory Group and in August 2020 received an IMLS Early Career Award (RE-246336-OLS-20) to answer ‘How, why, and with what impacts do public libraries collaborate with others to co-develop programming around healthy eating and active living?