Libraries as Part of Your Fitness Routine!

(Kelsey Shackelford is the Community Events Liaison at the Main Library)

When is the last time you took a walk? A true, brisk walk, not just a walk to your car or up a flight of stairs. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking or water aerobics, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, such as running or swimming laps. Additionally, strength training, stretching, and balance are all important parts of overall fitness. Boone County Public Library not only has resources to improve your mental fitness, but can assist with your physical fitness routine as well.

Physical Library Resources

Fitness Programs: Libraries have become about other resources in addition to the books they house. At the Library, we offer movement classes for different interests. For example, did you know yoga is offered in partnership with the Boone County Parks Department (see weekly events on page two of our newsletter) and Madison Pike Yoga (begins Feb. 3, register here) several times per week between 3 different branches? We also have a fitness sampler series for the month of January, featuring four different types of classes taught by the Greater Cincinnati YMCA: Low Impact Barre on January 9, Body Weight Circuit on January 16, Light Weight Training with Chair on January 23 and Zumba on January 30.

The Ichiban Karate School will conduct a Basic Self Defense Class on January 23 at the Main Library, and the Florence Branch will have a Women’s Self Defense class beginning February 1. The Scheben Branch has an ongoing Tai-Chi class in partnership with the Kenton County Public Library and Beginning in February, the Main Library will partner with NKU for a Geek Your Health, a monthly series that uses pop culture ideas to create a fun workout! Please note, most of our fitness programs do require registration. Keep up with programs and events on the Events page of our website.

Books and Magazines: The Library is one of your best sources for materials you can hold in your hands while learning about a new or more efficient way to work out. Maybe you’ve always been curious about how ballet dancer Misty Copeland stays in dance-ready shape, or want to know more about interval training-there are books about that! In addition to books, the Library subscribes to several fitness-related magazines, including Men’s Health and Women’s Health.

DVDs and Fitness Kits: There are many DVDs that you can explore that feature all kinds of fitness activities, from Pilates and weight-training, to Zumba and belly dancing. The Library also offers fitness kits. These kits contain books, DVD workouts, equipment, and other supporting materials relevant to that specific workout. Some fitness topics include PiYo, senior fitness, and family fitness.

Digital Library Resources

Music: Do you listen to music while you’re on the treadmill or lifting weights? Freegal Music is a free streaming and download service for all valid Boone County Public Library cardholders with under $10 in fines. Library users can download 5 free songs a week onto their mobile devices and stream up to 3 hours of free, commercial free music daily. What a great way to build a high energy playlist for your workout! Check out our streaming Workout Playlist on Freegal!

Audiobooks, Ebooks, and Magazines: Maybe music isn’t your thing, but you love to read. Audiobooks are a great companion for any type of workout. Kentucky Libraries Unbound is a digital collection available to any valid BCPL cardholder that offers audiobooks, ebooks and magazines. Using the Libby or Overdrive apps you can choose from over 15,000 audiobook and 68,000 ebook titles to download to your favorite devices. Libby users can also download 50 magazines, the day they hit the newstand, including: Muscle & Fitness and Yoga Journal.

Streaming Videos: I personally enjoy watching videos while I do certain workouts to make me forget what I am doing. Access Video provides videos about variety of different subjects, including health, history, travel, and more. If nonfiction television isn’t your cup of tea, check out RBDigital for British television, indie films, Spanish-language content, and more.

With all the resources available at your Boone County Public Library, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your active lifestyle. The only downside is now you have no more excuses for not exercising!


Kelsey Shackelford is the Community Events Liaison at the Main Library. She likes to take group fitness and dance classes, along with walking or running outside. One of her favorite types of workouts is barre class because it does so much for the entire body.



Buy Used Books in the Book Cellar

Is your New Year’s Resolution to save money? Buy Used Books in the Book Cellar!

Boone County Public Library Book Cellar
Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY
Tuesdays 4-7 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cash, checks or Library Bucks cheerfully accepted.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: It’s a way of life at the library. Sure, we’re serious about minimizing waste as we go about our jobs on a daily basis. But the mantra also applies to the way we manage the books and other materials in our collection and how we fulfill our central mission of providing information and promoting literacy and learning. Whenever possible, we strive to give materials a second life after they leave our shelves.

When it comes to the collection, it’s actually more like “Renew” than “Reduce.” Multiple copies of former bestsellers, for example, are regularly taken out of circulation as their popularity wanes, supplanted by the latest in-demand releases. Nonfiction works are replaced routinely with updated editions and titles that reflect current and emerging issues and changing tastes and trends. We call this process “weeding,” a particularly fitting term if you think of the library as a garden – a place that brings delight and bears fruit only with thoughtful planning and consistent maintenance.

Some books, admittedly, have either been too well loved or have become too outdated to pass on, and these are sent to the recycling bin (the compost heap, if you will, of the library). We apply the same standards to donated materials, adding some to the circulating collection and recycling others. But the vast majority of our “weeds” and donated items are in perfectly acceptable condition or better, and — in the world of library discards as in the world of horticulture — one person’s weed is another person’s wildflower. That’s where the Book Cellar comes in.

The Book Cellar, the library’s used book shop, is located in the basement level of the Main Library and is open to the public every week on Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9-1 p.m. At the Book Cellar we offer withdrawn and donated materials – adult, teen and children’s books, books on CD, music CDs and DVDs – almost all at prices of $1.00 or less (and magazines, VHS and cassette tapes are free!). For 2020, we have an expanded inventory of vintage and decorative books, plus a new section called Cellar’s Best: a collection of like-new, gift-worthy titles offered at prices up to $5. In addition, all of our locations have book-sale shelves where items can be purchased anytime the library is open. We can think of no better way of extending the life of books than passing them on to members of our community at great value.

A small number of withdrawn or donated books provide extra bang for the buck in terms of return on investment. These are titles with especially high resale value that we sell online in partnership with Better World Books (BWB), a so-called “triple bottom line” enterprise that incorporates social and environmental responsibility into its business model by donating books and funds to literacy initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. The proceeds from books we sell through BWB are used for special collection-related purchases, such as book kits and summer reading programs.

And there are other ways we extend the life – and thereby stretch the value — of withdrawn and donated books. Some are used as giveaways at outreach events; others are taken to homebound patrons and residents of nursing homes. Subject to availability, the library provides books to Boone County teachers for classroom use. In past years we have given books to the Sons of the American Revolution, which distributed them to Veterans Administration hospitals.

If you have donated books or other materials to BCPL, we thank you for helping to sustain and grow these efforts. If you have already discovered the Book Cellar, we thank you for your patronage and look forward to seeing you next time. If you’ve never been to The Book Cellar, stop in and pick yourself a “wildflower” (or a whole bouquet of them, as most of our visitors do!). The library is a bountiful garden, and it’s our mission to share it.


Jenny Walsh is BCPL’s Book Sale Room Assistant — or, as she likes to put it, Purveyor of Unlikely Treasures. A native of the Washington, D.C., area, she has lived in Kentucky for 12 years and been with the library since 2011.

Boone County Public Library Book Cellar
Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY
Tuesdays 4-7 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cash, checks or Library Bucks cheerfully accepted.