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 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 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 Otherwise, stay tuned for more details on the Niagara Falls Writer's Festival.

Greg Janssen is a Community Development and Programming Librarian.

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