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‘Learn. Act. Grow.’ with Rowan Public Library Workshops

Submitted by Laurie Lyda, Branch Supervisor

“Learn. Act. Grow.” is an annual workshop series that raises awareness about health and wellness. Now in its third year, the series grew from collaboration between RPL and strategic community partners. In 2015, “Learn. Act. Grow.” received a programming award from the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association.

The series’ success continues, as does its central tenet: It is designed for the community by the community and aims to help people grow healthier, happier, and stronger, said Joan Cress, library associate at South Rowan Regional.

Cress has been involved with “Learn. Act. Grow.” since its inception. “A lot of these programs have developed from suggestions by our patrons — and we’ve had really good suggestions,” she added.

The 2017 workshops will be held on selected Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. at RPL’s South Rowan Regional branch in China Grove. The free programs are open to all ages; however, participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

This year’s series begins on Jan. 23 with “Defend Yourself.” Sidekick Karate of Salisbury’s Ricky Smith will teach basic self-defense maneuvers and provide hands-on assistance. China Grove Police Chief Andrew Deal will also lead an open discussion on personal safety. Last year’s workshop, held in the Stanback Auditorium at RPL Headquarters (Salisbury) had 80 attendees, so participants are encouraged to register early for the 2017 program as space is limited.

On Feb. 27, “Herbs 101” will discuss health benefits, research, culinary uses, and preservation practices. This workshop will be taught by Aubrey Mast, extension associate in nutrition at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis.

Learn about writing and publishing with “Share That Story” on March 27. Local authors David Freeze, Jenny Hubbard, and Doug Creamer will host a discussion forum about the writing process, from drafting to publication.

Perfect your photography skills with “Photo Workshop” on April 24. Learn the secrets of capturing great moments with photographers Aaron Cress and April Everett. Participants may bring their cameras.

The May 22 workshop “Smoothie Making with the Chef” ends the series. Chef Chris Herron, of Morrison Healthcare and Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, demonstrates how to make a tasty smoothie while teaching participants about the health benefits of fresh ingredients. Participants will sample smoothies and learn recipes that they can make at home.

In addition, ach program also offers its participants the chance to win door prizes.

Though the  workshops are free, registration is encouraged at 704-216-7734 or visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org and click on the “Learn. Act. Grow.” icon.

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