Get fit @ your library®

Megan McFarlane

Campaign coordinator

Campaign for America’s Libraries

ALA Public Information Office



For Immediate Release

January 20, 2010

CHICAGO –With many Americans looking for alternatives to gym memberships, now is a great time to promote the fitness services at your library.

Below are a few examples of how libraries across the country are promoting their programs.

Townsend (Mass.) Public Library has begun hosting Pilates Mat Class for the New Year @ your library. The class serves as an introduction to Pilates for library users of all ages and fitness levels. Classes are free and library users are asked to provide their own workout mat or beach towel.

The Harris County (Texas) Public Library recently reminded library users looking to shape up in the New Year about the free exercise DVDs and books available at the library with Exercise @ your library. The library also encourages library users to develop their arm muscles by volunteering as bookshelvers.

The Brandon Township Public Library of Ortonville, Mich. promoted a series of yoga classes, titled Yoga @ your library, on its Facebook page. Yoga sessions taught by a certified yoga instructor were available for free, with a recommended non-perishable food donation.

The Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library has a more literary approach with Exercise your mind @ your library. The program promotes available sports-related fiction and non-fiction titles, DVDs, magazines and resources.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries (, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations that advocate the importance of the library in American society.