Guest Blog Post by Leah:
With 2018 right around the corner, you might be considering incorporating some lifestyle changes into the New Year. If you’re resolving to read more, be more social, get outside or exercise more, you should join us at the Central Library for the Walk and Talk Book Club. Beginning in January, we’ll meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 11am to noon, and go for a walk in our beautiful city while we discuss the month’s book selection.
Studies have shown that living a sedentary lifestyle can be harmful to our health. Walking meetings provide an opportunity to incorporate movement into our day. The physical activity energizes us and helps us be more alert throughout the day. Time outdoors in fresh air and light improves both our mental and physical well-being.
Walking meetings are not a new idea. Aristotle instructed students while walking about. Charles Dickens frequently walked nearly 20 miles a day, as a way to observe the city and destress from writing. Sigmund Freud conducted a number of walking analyses. Steve Jobs made a habit of a walking meeting, and Walter Isaacson in his biography, Steve Jobs, explains that, “taking a long walk was his preferred way to have a serious conversation.” We will be engaging in a time-honored tradition.
So put on your comfy walking shoes, bundle up if it's cold, and join us on January 10th as we walk together and share a love of literature. Our first book selection is Justin Torres’ We the Animals, and you’re welcome whether you read the book or not. If you’re interested in reading books about walking and hiking, the Library has a wealth of titles: