LIBRARY TO OFFER MEDITATION WORKSHOPS, DROP-IN SESSIONS

New Meditation Program Offers Free Public Sessions

SOMERVILLE- Director
of the Somerville Public Libraries, Maria Carpenter, announced today a new
initiative to introduce wellness programs at the Somerville Public Library.   Consistent with the City's mission to create
a healthy, active community, the new SPL initiative will begin with two
"mindfulness and stress management" meditation sessions on Thursday, February
21st and Thursday, February 28th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at 79 Highland Ave.  Spots are limited to
25 people per session on a first come, first served basis, and will be taught
by ordained Buddhist Minister, Sunada Takagi.  A waiting list has been established for the
first session, which is sold out, and interested residents should contact Maria
Carpenter at 617-625-6600 ext. 2910 to be added to the waiting list.  Additionally, free drop-in meditation sessions
will be held on Thursdays throughout the month of March from 1:00 - 2:00
p.m.  All residents are welcome to
attend, as space permits.

"What is so wonderful about public libraries is the
opportunities they present to community members to come together and experience
not only literature and reading, but a wide variety of cultural and educational
experiences for people of all ages," said Carpenter.  "The best way to foster a great community is
from the inside out, and this new program, fostering inner peace, will be a
great way for us to help contribute to the community in a very positive way."

Interested parties should bring mats, towels, or yoga
blocks to sit on. Chairs will also be available in the room. For more
information, contact Maria Carpenter at 617.623.5000 x2910 or via e-mail at: mcarpenter@somervillema.gov

Additional upcoming programs at the Public Libraries
include:

  • Maple Syrup Project workshops for children and families by Groundwork Somerville. February
    21st at 3:30pm, and March 2nd at 2:00pm.

  • Ding-Dong, Quien es? Playing and Learning Latin Rhythms for children and families up to 9
    years old. March 3rd at 2:00pm, Central Library.

  • Book Club. Children ages 9-12 are invited to discuss The
    Dark Is Rising
    by Susan Cooper, March 6th at 7:00pm, Central Library.

  • Creative Writing workshop series for teens with, Ethan Gilsdorf. Begins March 23rd, 11:00-2:00 pm.

  • 4-Part Memoir Writing Workshop with Judah Leblang. March 14th, 21st,
    28th, 6:30-8:45 pm and April 6th 10:00-12:30 pm.
    Enrollment limited to 15.

 

For more information about these programs see http://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org/