Library, D-46 team up to promote emotional health

GRAYSLAKE – The Grayslake Area Public Library is partnering with Community Consolidated School District 46 during the month of October to help reduce anxiety and stress among students, their families and the community with mindfulness and meditation.

Planning between the library and school personnel began in July after library staff chose the theme of mindfulness and meditation for the One Book, One Community program. Two books were identified, “10% Happier” by Dan Harris for teens and adults and “Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids” by Whitney Stewart for children. Both books offer a positive introduction to mindfulness and meditation by offering relatable tools everyone can use to reduce stress and handle difficult emotions by adding relaxation, breath and gratitude to achieve better mental wellness.

“We value our ongoing partnership with District 46 and are pleased to come together and provide students, families and the whole community with manageable ways to bring mindfulness into their lives as self-care is especially important during this time,” Grayslake Public Library Director Sara Brown said in a news release.

District 46 will be incorporating many of the mindfulness themes into its social and emotional learning curriculum. The month of October has been designated Mindful Month and activities planned include creating gratitude journals, practicing deep breathing exercises, learning deep muscle relaxation and yoga. Topics from “Mindful Me” will be used to create videos and uplifting social media posts to be shared on both the school district and library social media pages.

“Our partnership with the Grayslake Area Public Library has been a valued and collaborative one to enhance the experiences for our district students,” said Heather Lorenzo, director of pupil services at District 46. “We are grateful for the continued support and work to integrate opportunities to increase our students’ access to literacy with a strong focus on the growth and well-being of the whole child. We are very pleased to continue this work by connecting mindfulness to our curriculum work in the classroom and social-emotional learning activities.”

The library will host online mindfulness programs and activities in October. These will include an adult book discussion of “10% Happier” and a children’s art class titled “Creating a Gratitude Mandala, Crafts To-Go.” Tom Kens will present his popular “Staying Positive in 2020” program.

“10% Happier” and “Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids” are available through the Grayslake library in print and digital formats.

A list of the Grayslake library's One Book, One Community programs and activities can be found at www.grayslake.info/.

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