At Westerly Library & Wilcox Park: Kickstart your fitness with the Run Club | Guest Columns

At Westerly Library & Wilcox Park: Kickstart your fitness with the Run Club | Guest Columns

When you consider the library, phrases like “working” or “health” could not instantly enter your thoughts, however maybe they need to. After all, for 57 years our lovely constructing was additionally dwelling to a preferred gymnasium … to not point out the bowling alley! The gymnasium was closed in 1952 when the YMCA was constructed, however we’re nonetheless excited by discovering new methods to encourage well being and wellness by means of library assets and applications. This brings me to the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park Run Club, which is about to start out up for its third 12 months.

If the mere point out of the phrase “run” offers you coronary heart palpitations, hear me out! The membership is supposed for newcomers, and impressed by the immensely well-liked “Couch to 5k” (C25K®) train plan that was developed in 1996 by Josh Clark. As the title suggests, the plan helps members go from self-identifying sofa potatoes to 5k distance runners in a few months … and it has been very profitable doing simply that. Clark’s plan requires simply three exercises per week for eight weeks. During every exercise, members alternate between working and strolling, slowly constructing stamina and rising the time spent working whereas reducing the strolling durations. In no time in any respect, you end up working a full mile straight … after which two, after which three!

The C25K® plan by itself is nice, however beginning (and sustaining) a brand new train regime by your self may be arduous. Here’s the place the library Run Club is available in! Members will begin the plan collectively and meet as soon as per week for group runs, throughout which we inspire each other, maintain one another accountable, and — sure — do loads of commiserating collectively, too. We meet each Monday in April and May from 4-4:45 p.m. on the fountain in Wilcox Park for our run, which additionally takes place within the pretty park. There isn’t any registration required, no price for taking part, and no earlier working expertise needed. All you must do it present up in comfy garments/sneakers, and we will get began.

If you wish to know extra, I’ll be holding a quick info session through Zoom on March 25, or you possibly can contact me at [email protected]. I hope you’ll be a part of me for our first group run on April 4, the place I’m pleased to share some working ideas and tips, act as cheerleader, and discuss advert nauseam about meals, cats, or the assorted running-related supplies right here on the library — something to distract you from the precise act of working and get you to the end line. I’m right here for you!

Top Requested Books

  • 1. “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles
  • 2. “The Paris Apartment” by Lucy Foley
  • 3. “The Maid” by Nita Prose
  • 4. “Wish You Were Here” by Jodi Picoult
  • 5. “Run Rose Run” by James Patterson
  • 6. “One Step Too Far” by Lisa Gardner
  • 7. “The Match” by Harlan Coben
  • 8. “The Recovery Agent” by Janet Evanovich
  • 9. “22 Seconds” by James Patterson
  • 10. “Dream Town” by David Baldacci

Top Requested DVDs

  • 1. “Belfast”
  • 2. “House of Gucci”
  • 3. “Encanto”
  • 4. “Sing 2”
  • 5. “All Creatures Great and Small: Season 2”
  • 6. “The Beatles: Get Back”
  • 7. “Matrix Resurrections”
  • 8. “West Side Story”
  • 9. “Nightmare Alley”
  • 10. “The 355”

This Week on the Library

MONDAY — 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Crafternoon To-Go – This month, we’re making lovely button artwork! Pick up your equipment in Reference whereas provides final; 6-7:30 p.m., Monday Movie Night – Join us as soon as a month within the auditorium for a free film screening! This month, we’re exhibiting an Oscar nominated movie starring Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, and Jamie Dornan. No registration is required.

TUESDAY — 10-10:30 a.m., Family Storytime – Join us on Tuesdays within the Terrace Room for a household storytime! The program will likely be geared in direction of ages beginning by means of 11 years when accompanied by a caregiver; 1-4 p.m., Community Resource Advocate – Our volunteer Community Resource Advocate is accessible through e-mail to assist join you with native companies/assets. Contact her at [email protected]; 2-3:30 p.m., Virtual Tech Social – We meet on Zoom each Tuesday to handle your tech questions. Preregistration is required; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Club – The Knit and Crochet Group is assembly on the 2nd flooring of the library. Masks are extremely beneficial; 6-7:30 p.m., Active Bystander Training – Join Managing Partner of Organizational Ignition, James McKim, for an interactive coaching that offers you the instruments that can assist you reply successfully whenever you witness bullying or discrimination. This is a hybrid program, which you’ll be able to take part in on-line through Zoom, or in individual within the library auditorium. Please register on-line at

WEDNESDAY — 6-7 p.m., Community Book Discussion | The Sum of Us – Join the Westerly Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) and Westerly Library & Wilcox Park on Zoom as we focus on “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” by Heather McGhee. Copies of the e book will likely be on maintain on the circulation desk. Register at

THURSDAY — 4-4:30 p.m., Teen Book Club – Join our Teen Book Club to speak a couple of e book you might be at present studying, and get suggestions from fellow teenagers on what to learn subsequent! Please e-mail [email protected] at the least someday upfront to register; 5:30-6:30 p.m., Zumba within the Park and Library | Turn It Up and Tone – Please be a part of us for a free Zumba class with Yvonne Brown and Tina Pagliusi; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – Want an opportunity to hone your expertise towards quite a lot of gamers, together with two state champions? Drop by the library’s Old Main Reading Room for our weekly Chess Club. Players of all talent ranges are welcome; 6-7 p.m., Health and Wellness Book Group – Join us on Zoom for our latest e book membership! This month, we’re discussing “52 Small Changes for the Mind” by Brett Blumenthal. Email [email protected] for assembly particulars.

FRIDAY — 4-5 p.m., Couch to 5k Run Club: Information Session – Our Couch to 5k Run Club is beginning up for the third 12 months on April 4th! Join us for a quick info session on Zoom, which ought to reply any questions you’ve got. Registration is required, and may be accomplished at

SATURDAY — 10:30-11:30 a.m., Zumba within the Park and Library – Try out Zumba for a enjoyable exercise! Classes are FREE and will likely be held on the grassy space close to the gazebo (climate allowing) or within the third flooring Terrace Room (in undesirable climate).

Cassie Skobrak is a reference librarian on the Westerly Library & Wilcox Park.

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