Become mindful with meditation at the library

Mental Health Week invites us to be mindful with meditation at Niagara Falls library.

In our ongoing effort to meet community needs wherever we can, Niagara Falls Public Library has been running a series of mental health and wellness programs at our four branches throughout 2019.

Life can be stressful. What's more, many Niagarans are living with, or have someone in their life who is affected by, a mental illness.

In our ongoing effort to meet community needs wherever we can, Niagara Falls Public Library has been running a series of mental health and wellness programs at our four branches throughout 2019.

So far, we've had sessions on self care with local clinical psychologist Dr. Jen Rouse and on mindfulness, as well as safeTALK suicide awareness training with Family Support Niagara, and Creative Writing for the Mind Body and Soul with local author and mental health speaker Darcy Patrick.

Not to worry, if you've missed any of these. Family Support is doing another drop-in mindfulness session at Stamford Centre Library Satuday at 1:30 p.m.

Also, at the Victoria Avenue library, we're hosting a five-week course on meditation starting Wednesday, May 29, and running through Wednesdays June 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. Whether you're new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, this course will help you better get in touch with your inner calm. Certified local meditation instructor Carey Baglieri will lead participants through various meditation techniques, using practical strategies to help them delve deeper into their meditation practice and meet themselves on an authentic level.

As with most Niagara Falls Public Library programs, meditation is free. Register at my.nflibrary.ca or call 905-356-8080 or ask library staff at your closest branch.

For something completely different, write a poem about Niagara Falls and you can enter the Niagara Falls Poetry Contest. Niagara Falls Public Library in partnership with Grey Borders Books and the new Niagara Falls Writer's Festival are giving adults 18 and up and youths 17 and under a chance to have their poems on the theme of Niagara Falls considered for publication in a Niagara Falls poetry anthology.

Winning poets will receive a cash prize and a book contract with Grey Borders Books. Everyone is invited to submit up to three poems, for a total of up to 10 pages. You don't have to be a Niagara Falls resident to enter. There is a $5 entry fee for the adult category, and youths 17 and under can submit for free. Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of the Niagara Falls Writer's Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19. Submissions will be accepted at nfwritersfestival.com until Aug. 31.

The Oct. 19 writer's festival will follow up on the success of the library's Festival of Writing, which we did here last year. We'd like to continue supporting Niagara's writing community, so if you're a local writer actively creating new work and you'd like to participate in a biweekly or monthly writer's group, please get in touch with me at gjanssen@nflibrary.ca. Otherwise, stay tuned for more details on the Niagara Falls Writer's Festival.

Greg Janssen is a Community Development and Programming Librarian.

Library Notes

2019-05-21

Niagara Falls Public Library launched its Seed to Seed collection May 17.

If you come to any of the library's four locations across Niagara Falls you can "borrow" up to three packages of seeds.

After you've planted the seeds and harvested your vegetables, you can set aside some seeds to give back to the library so another person can enjoy the collection.

2019-05-13

Mental Health Week invites us to be mindful with meditation at Niagara Falls library.

In our ongoing effort to meet community needs wherever we can, Niagara Falls Public Library has been running a series of mental health and wellness programs at our four branches throughout 2019.

2019-05-08

Have you ever been curious about what it would be like to grow your own vegetables? Have you ever thought about teaching your children or grandchildren where their food comes from?

Or, like me, have you ever been known for having a black or a brown thumb?

2019-04-25

On Thursday, April 25th the Niagara Falls Public Library will be unveiling its new board game collection. Board Games are a great way to reduce screen time, to interact face-to-face with family and friends, and to challenge yourself in new and interesting ways.

2019-04-25

Calling all Book Lovers! Please join us for our annual Book Lover’s Luncheon. Enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Tastebuds Cafe and Eatery and meet special guest, Cea Sunrise Person author of North of Normal and its sequel Nearly Normal.

2019-04-12

Since the mid-20th century, human beings have wrought unprecedented changes to the Earth, bringing us into a new epoch of geologic time: the Anthropocene.

2019-03-31

You’re invited to help us at the Library. On April 1, 2019 we are embarking on a year-long project called Bridge to understand how libraries use technology.

2019-03-26

When we think about sports excellence in the City of Niagara Falls, we can include both team sports and individual activities. Although it may not be the first sport that pops into to your mind, one such sport has a long history in the City of Niagara Falls!

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