Explore Your Inner Universe!

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This year, BC Summer Reading Club is inviting kids across the province to Explore Our Universe as they read throughout the summer. In tandem with that, we at the Whistler Public Library are inviting people of all ages to Explore Your Inner Universe! 

Officially launching on Sunday, July 5 and running through August 22, we will be posting on a theme related to mental wellness and self-exploration. Every Sunday, there will be new activities and challenges for you to participate in, links to helpful resources, and curated lists of related content.

Themes and content will be added to this post, in our Event Calendar, and posted on our Facebook page! For the first week, since this is new for all of us, we are releasing the content a little bit early so you have more time to explore and see what Explore Your Inner Universe is all about. Check it out below!

Throughout the summer, participating in any of our online programs, meeting your personal reading goals, and/or using any of our suggested resources qualifies you to enter our weekly prize draw! Each week, head to our Prize Draw Form and let us know what you've done that week -- we will randomly select winners and contact them by email on Mondays!

Explore Your Inner Universe Week 2: Being in Nature (July 12 to 18)

As people lucky enough to live, learn and play in the Sea to Sky Corridor, many of us know how wonderful it feels to get outside and enjoy nature. Did you know that being outside has been proven to have positive effects on our mental health? Even just taking a short nature walk can reduce stress and negative thoughts; some studies have even shown that walking in nature can reduce blood pressure and stress hormones! Beyond that, the soothing effects of fresh air and beautiful scenery can go a long way towards helping us feel our best, and being in nature gives us a chance to take a break away from screens and move our bodies. This week we have activities and resources to help support your mental and physical wellness by being in nature!

Activities:

Resources:

  • Check out our list of resources for adults, including novels, memoirs, and guides for the great outdoors

  • Share your love of nature with the kids in your life by exploring our nature resources for children

  • The Whistler Museum's Discover Nature program is back this summer! Discover Nature will be visiting different parks around Whistler this summer - visit the Museum's website to find the schedule.

  • Did you know that your library card gets you access to thousands of online video tutorials taught by experts on Lynda.com? Log in with your library card number and pin, then search for any of these awesome classes:

    • Infrared Photography: Nature and Landscapes

    • Wildlife Photography: Nature Preserve

    • The Employee’s Guide To Sustainability 

Don't forget - if you complete one (or more!) of our weekly activities or use one of our resources, you can enter to win one of our weekly prize draws! To enter, fill out our Prize Draw Form each week. We will contact winners by email every Monday!

Explore Your Inner Universe Week 1: Mindfulness & Meditation (July 5 to 11)

You have probably heard a lot about the benefits of mindfulness, especially over the past few months. Committing to a mindfulness practice has been shown to improve our overall health, reduce stress, and boost our resilience helping us to better manage in difficult situations. Below are activities and resources to help you find the mindfulness practice that works for you. We encourage you to try incorporating mindfulness into your routine this week and beyond!

Activities:

Resources:

  • Check out our list of books, apps, podcasts and more for adults

  • We also have great books, websites, and videos for kids and parents to enjoy together

  • Have you heard of the Sea to Sky Healing ProjectThis curated toolkit includes resources and recommendations from locals you might recognize, all brought together to support mental health. Take a look at their Calm section for their suggested resources for Mindfulness and Meditation!

  • Did you know that your library card gets you access to thousands of online video tutorials taught by experts on Lynda.com? Log in with your library card number and pin, then search for any of these awesome Mindfulness/Meditation classes:
    • Mindfulness Practices
    • Practicing mindfulness: It’s not all about meditation
    • Using Your Mind to Change Your Brain
    • Meditations to Change Your Brain 
    • Mindful Meditations for Work and Life
    • Behavioural Science Insights, on How to Have a Good Day, Everyday
    • The Mindful Workday 

Don't forget - if you complete one (or more!) of our weekly activities or use one of our resources, you can enter to win one of our weekly prize draws! To enter, fill out our Prize Draw Form each week. We will contact winners by email every Monday!

 

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