Read, learn and get fit with library resources

Read, learn and get fit with library resources

Activate your mind. Energize your body. That is the message that the San Antonio Public Library wants to share with the community to introduce its new program: Read, Move, Learn.

The health and wellness campaign is made possible by a $15.6 million grant award from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District was one of 44 communities selected to promote wellness by reducing obesity and smoking, increase physical activity and improve nutrition. The national campaign is part of Putting Prevention to Work initiative funded under the Recovery Act.

The award allows the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) to increase wellness resources across all libraries. According to Beth Graham, public relations manager at SAPL, the library has purchased health/fitness videos, books and magazine subscriptions, and 18 of the 22 branch libraries will have machinery installed to monitor blood pressure and weight. Additionally, five libraries will be outfitted with fitness amenities, including outdoor exercise equipment and walking trails. The five libraries selected for the fitness upgrades includes Parman, Mission, Memorial, Tobin and Johnston library branches.

The Read, Move, Learn campaign will officially kickoff on Saturday, March 17 at the Parman Library branch at 10 a.m., 20735 Wilderness Oak. The event will feature music, fun and fitness activities. This is the first of five events planned to introduce the new program.

For more information about this free event, contact Beth Graham at 207-2638 or email at

Read more at the SAPL Event Calendar.
Parman Library Kick-off Announcement.
Learn more about Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative.
Read the entire press release issued by the U.S. Dept. of Heath & Human Services.