Today’s library is much more than a place to check out books. Local libraries show movies, present music programs, offer history talks and much more.
On Saturday, the Eureka Library — located at 1313 Third St. — is presenting a free “Be Well Self-Care Fair” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend this event, which is made possible through a grant from the California State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services.
According to Public Services Librarian Corin Balkovek, “Our idea of what a mental health resource fair would be here is more like a self-care fair, focusing on the ways that people can focus on their mental wellness the same way we focus on physical wellness — make sure you get enough sleep, make sure you get enough water. You also need to make sure … you’re coming up with tools to deal with stress and things like that.
“We wanted to find a way to create connections to both local resources and people who teach these programs and different activities — and make it fun,” she said.
“All day we’re going to have activities throughout the whole library and for all ages,” Balkovek added.
The day’s schedule is as follows:
· Herbal tea workshop with Candice Brunlinger, 11 a.m., Periodicals Room
· DIY journal making with SCRAP Humboldt, 11 a.m., Young Adult Room
· Yoga for self-care with Cathy French, 11:30 a.m., Community Meeting Room
· Chair massage with MJ Griffin, noon to 3 p.m., Periodicals Room
· Zumba with Chelsea Vaccaro, 12:30 p.m., Community Meeting Room
· Storytime yoga for the family with Jessalyn Delucchi, 12:30 p.m., Children’s Room
· Sit and Knit (or Craft), 1 p.m., Periodicals Room
· Dynamic Mindfulness with Jessalyn Delucchi, 2 p.m., Community Meeting Room
· Meditation for family and children with Jody Swan, 2 p.m. Children’s Room
· Bath bomb making workshop with Alice Roy, 3 p.m., Community Meeting Room
· Meditation with Jody Swan, 3 p.m., Periodicals Room
· PAWS: Read to a dog with Eelee, 3 p.m., Children’s Room.
“Eelee … is our reading therapy dog — so if you want to practice reading to the dog or give her some pets you can do that,” Balkovek said.
In addition to these programs, the library is partnering with other organizations that work in the mental health/wellness fields by offering informational tables to help connect patrons to information and services. Representatives from Changing Tides Family Services, Humboldt Senior Resource Center, Two Feathers Native American Family Services, Department of Health and Human Resources, Paso a Paso and more will be on hand to answer questions and share information about their services.
“There are ways to get that extra help that you could need — and it’s OK to reach out for that help,” Balkovek said.
Library Director Nick Wilczek is happy this event has come to fruition.
“I like seeing the library do things we’ve not done before, try things we’ve not tried before — getting outside the traditional purview of the library a little bit,” he said. “… It’s really wonderful that we can do something to help support the mental health concerns in our community.”
In addition to funding the “Be Well Self-Care Fair,” this grant will also be used to purchase new materials — including books and DVDs — for the local libraries.
“All the branches will be getting this new influx of materials focused on self-care and mental health,” Balkovek said.
The library’s programs and services are accessible to people with disabilities. For more information about accessibility, call 707-269-1900. For more information about other offerings at the library, go to www.humlib.org.