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How the library and town are helping build physical literacy in Oakville’s children and youth

According to ParticipACTION Canada, only nine per cent of five to 17 year olds get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Although most Canadian youth are involved in organized sports, many teens aren’t active outside of these regularly scheduled activities.

Kids must learn to move, just like they learn to read and write. These skills – called physical literacy skills – help young people gain confidence and contribute to healthy life habits.

Sports Equipment Lending Program

Last year, the library introduced the Sports Equipment Lending Program, which made cricket, tennis and multi-sport kits available to borrow from several library branches with a valid teen or adult library card. The kits are available at the following branches: Clearview, Iroquois Ridge, Sixteen Mile and Woodside.

The Meet, Move & Learn series 

These light exercise sessions will be held at local parks throughout the community, featuring the Sports Equipment Lending Kits and a sports game, led by town staff. Library staff will also be on-hand to answer questions about borrowing the kits.

Times & locations: 

• Sunday, May 26, 2 to 4 p.m. at Woodhaven Park
• Sunday, June 9, 2 to 4 p.m. at North Park
• Sunday, June 23, 2 to 4 p.m. at Wynten Park

For an exciting, active, learning opportunity, visit our booth at the National Indigenous Day Celebration on Friday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

We all have a role to play in keeping children and youth in our community active and engaged in physical literacy, and the town and OPL are stepping up to offer these valuable services.