Author / Librarian / Yogi
Jenn Carson is a professional yoga teacher and the director of the L.P. Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada.
She is the creator of the website yogainthelibrary.com and has been delivering movement-based programs in schools, libraries, and museums for over a decade.
She also blogs about her physical literacy adventures at the ALA’s Programming Librarian website: programminglibrarian.org.
News & Updates
• Jenn's Cursive Writing Program at the L.P. Fisher Public Library is featured in American Libraries Magazine! Did you know learning to write in cursive lights up the same areas of the brain as learning math because you are building sequences? It also improves physical literacy!
At the Book Launch we will have the opportunity to hear Jenn read from her book and discuss in an open forum Yoga, Meditation and its place in our libraries and our lives.
• Jenn to be keynote speaker at Healthy Habits: Cultivating Health and Wellness in Libraries online conference on Thursday, October 10th. Presented by Amigos Library Services. Jenn's presentation is "Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff." Click here to find out more about this exciting event!
• Read Jenn's latest article on physical literacy, this time in Reference & User Services Quarterly.
• Jenn's new book Yoga and Meditation at the Library: A Practical Guide for Librarians is now available from Rowman & Littlefield.
"Jenn Carson clearly and engagingly explains how and why to integrate yoga and meditation into your library’s spaces, programs, and collections. Interest in how to serve the whole person, including mental and physical health needs, has never been higher. This book contains the practical information you need to make a difference."
– Noah Lenstra, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
• If you missed Jenn's Booklist Webinar Yoga & Meditation in the Library: Outreach & Inreach on June 7th, you can still watch the recording and learn about programs you can start using to improve the health and wellness of library patrons, your staff, and yourself. Made possible by Rowman & Littlefield.
• Check out Jenn's-just published poems in Hamilton Arts & Letters!
• Congratulations to Jenn for receiving the 2019 Advocacy Award from the Atlantic Provinces Library Association for her integration of physical literacy and library services, bringing much needed programs to some of the library's most vulnerable patrons.
• Google Books has posted a preview of Jenn's forthcoming book Yoga and Meditation at the Library: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Check it out on Google Books and pre-order a copy from Rowman & Littlefield.
• Check out Jenn's profile featured on Active for Life's website about her work to help her library become a spot for the community to come together to be physically active and to have fun. Active for Life is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to physical literacy.
• Now available to order from ALA Editions: Recipes for Mindfulness in Your Library: Supporting Resilience and Community Engagement editied by Jenny Colvin, Richard Moniz, and Madeleine Charney. An important new book filled with wonderful resources including Jenn's contribution, Chapter 10, "Outreach for Inreach: Using Digital Resources to Promote Mindfulness"
• In the new issue of American Libraries Magazine Karen Muller Looks at books that expand and reimagine the roll of libraries—including Jenn's book Get Your Community Moving. Check out the review here.
• Interested in physical literacy, yoga, and libraries? How about paddleboarding, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and sharks? Jenn gave a podcast interview this summer to HEPAC on those very topics!
• See Jenn's profile on Amplify East, a site dedicated to recognizing women of significance in Atlantic Canada.
• Check out this review of Jenn's book at Midwest Book Review.
"Thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, Get Your Community Moving is unreservedly recommended for college and university library 'Library Science" collections, as well as community library in-service training manual for librarian instructional curriculums."
By helping patrons view the library in a new way, movement-based programs bring new people into libraries, help promote community health, and stimulate literacy for children and adults alike.
This book is essential reading for any programming librarian, administrator, or community coordinator looking to boost circulation stats, program numbers, literacy rates, and foster joy and wellness in their community.
Follow these links to get your copy.
Jenn in Germany Presenting on Physical Literacy
Jenn was in Berlin, DE, Thursday September 13th presenting the interactive session Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages as part of the Next Library Conference.
On that same day Jenn also took part in a public art project called Libraries for Democracy to promote physical literacy worldwide. Her session was broadcast live to Gaza, Palestine in a golden shipping container. To learn more about the project, please visit: www.sharedstudios.com
A webinar by Jenn Carson and Noah Lenstra in February 2018.
This is a multimodal production that includes a PowerPoint presentation, videos, handouts and some (optional) yoga stretches to get the audience into a body-positive state of mind.
A webinar by Jenn Carson, Gwen GeigerWolfe, and Noah Lenstra in August 2017. More and more libraries offer programs and services that encourage and enable people of all ages and abilities to engage in and to learn about the importance of regular physical activity. Jenn shares how she became a driving force within this transformation.
Next Library - Literacy Programs for All Ages
Jenn's Report about her experience this past September at The Next Library Conference in Berlin
Find out how to use the wildly popular trend of rock painting to create an easy, low-cost, intergenerational program that encourages physical literacy, community involvement and the arts.
For more blogs go here.
Helping teachers, librarians, and volunteers plan yoga programs in
their school and public libraries.