Everyone can use some health and wellness support in these times, and your library is committed to providing free access to all.
Register via the library’s calendar for ongoing programs like Midday Meditation, Grief Journaling, and more, which are regularly held on Zoom. Find program details below, as well as more health and wellness resources from your library.
First Tuesdays, 12-12:30 pm.
Now is a great time to start a practice or revisit one. This is a welcoming group of meditators, old and brand new, led by instructor and practitioner Betsy Grimm.
The session starts with Kundalini breath practices that offer powerful practices to shift your state of mind and make meditation more accessible.
Tuesdays, 3-3:30 pm.
Starting Tuesday, September 14, Chair Yoga moves to 12-12:30 pm.
Calm and center your mind while moving your body through intentional poses and sequences. Chair yoga can improve your flexibility, concentration, and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain.
Chair yoga and meditation are accessible and open for all. Led by instructor DuShaun Branch, who is focused on bringing yoga to as many BIPOC and plus-sized communities as possible.
Third Tuesdays, 2-3 pm.
Designed for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners to have a safe space in the community to connect, Memory Cafe is a partnership of Oak Park Township Senior Services, River Forest Public Library, and Oak Park Public Library.
Death Cafe: ‘A conversation about living’
Bimonthly on Sundays, 2-3:30 pm.
“Often, people do not talk about death until faced with the tragedy,” says palliative care social work student and group facilitator Katie Tyrrell Weimann. “At the Oak Park Death Cafe, we bring attention to the impermanent nature of life and remember the sacredness of each breath.”
Death Cafe is a discussion group, rather than a grief support or counseling session. Since 2011, Death Cafes have spread around the world.
“Some people come to listen and others share personal stories,” Weimann says. “It can be a call to action or a discussion about the mystery of life. The conversation about death and dying is a conversation about living.”
Grief Journaling: ‘An outlet to help figure out how to grieve’
Last Sundays, 2-4 pm.
“The Grief Journaling Workshop has been a help to people who have lost loved ones during this pandemic,” Harrell says. “It’s given them an outlet to help figure out how to grieve during this time.”
Harrell is a co-leader of the Grief Journaling Workshop series, along with Death Cafe facilitator Katie Tyrrell Weimann and Neighborhood Services Supervisor Jeanine Vaughn.
“You don’t have to be a writer to journal,” Vaughn says. One of the beautiful things, she adds, is that “even if you’re not experiencing the same thing, you can still relate” to what others are sharing.
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The library’s Social Services and Public Safety team can refer people to local and virtual resources, including COVID-19 crisis resources and information about virtual mental health assessments.