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Mayor Wellness Events at the Library This Fall

A series of events in support of the Mayors Wellness Campaign, a statewide community health initiative, continues this fall at Princeton Public Library. The initiative, led locally by the Princeton Health Department and Mayor Mark Freda, focuses on the focuses on both the physical and mental wellness of families, children and individuals of all ages.

Events feature author talks for parents of teens including Dr. Elizabeth Henry who will present “Bridging the Gap Between Parents and Teens” on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Newsroom. During the workshop, “Dr. Liz” will share strategies for improving communication with teenagers.

Award-winning journalist Jennifer Wallace will be joined by psychologist Melissa Greenberg Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss her recent book “Never Enough: When Achievement Pressure Becomes Toxic – And What We Can Do About It.” The event will be held on Zoom.

A series of “Wellness Walks” that combine physical and mental wellness begins Oct. 3 with “Rediscovering Princeton University” led by Jennifer Jang and Wiebke Martens, authors of “Discovering Princeton.” The walk departs from the library’s lobby at 12:15 p.m. On Oct. 12, librarians Gayle Stratton and Dana Treichler lead “Forgotten Princeton History,” also departing the lobby at 12:15 p.m. Jang and Martens lead “Discovering Prince-town” a walk through the historical Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood on Oct. 17 at 12:15 p.m. Walks conclude Oct. 21 with “Gargoyles and Grotesques on Campus,” led by library staff, at 1 p.m. Registration through the library’s events calendar is required for the walks.

Book discussions will also be held as part of Mayors Wellness Campaign events including “Why Has Nobody Ever Told Me This Before: Everyday Tools for Life’s Ups and Downs” by Dr. Julie Smith on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Newsroom. The discussion will be led by the library's adult programming manager, Janie Hermann, and Tracey Post, founder and supervising clinician of The Princeton Center for MindBody Healing. 

Also in the Newsroom, a discussion of “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” by Amedia Nagoski will be led by the library's manager of adult services, Laura Bishop, and a clinician from The Princeton Center for MindBody Healing. The discussion takes place Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

“Technology for Your Health,” an overview of devices and apps for achieving wellness goals will be presented Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Technology Center. Registration is required.

Mayors Wellness Campaign events for children and teens feature Baby Play Group on Wednesdays at noon in the Story Room following Baby Story Time and  Mindful Moments Storytimes at Princeton Shopping Center on Sept. 19 and Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m. The interactive story times features books, songs, rhymes and activities focused on mindfulness and nature for kids 18 months and older with an adult. Teens can register for a workshop, “Paint a Surreal Self-portrait with Gwenn Seemel” on Sept. 20 at 3 p.m

A Parent and Baby Support Group, led by early childhood experts Krista Gervon and Jillian Best Adler and featuring informal discussions and play for parents with their infants and toddlers takes place Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Story Room.

Details about Mayor’s Wellness Campaign events at the library are available on the library’s website at princetonlibrary.org.

The Mayors Wellness Campaign is a program of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

 

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