This month’s MLS Community Engagement Blog interview features Catherine Wong from the Merrimack College McQuade Library sharing her experience coordinating a holistic mindfulness initiative at the library. This project is an outstanding example of a library creatively fostering community health. Parts of this innovative program could successfully be implemented at libraries of all types interested in mindfulness and wellness.
What inspired you to expand the mindfulness programs offered by the Merrimack College McQuade Library?
Catherine Wong (CW): Several staff members are interested in meditation, wellness, and a holistic approach to librarianship and we noticed the need for students to have a variety of methods to help them cope with the stresses and anxieties associated with college. The various parts of the initiative developed organically as we connected existing programs and partners to form new initiatives with the goal of providing students and staff with ways to expand their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Continue reading