Meditation Series For Kids, Teens Offered At Library
● By Rebecca K. Abma
The Friends of the Midland Park Memorial Library will be sponsoring two, two-part series of introductory meditation classes, one for students grades 7 to 12, another for students grades 3-6.
On Monday, March 17 and 24 from 7:30-8:30 pm the Introduction to Meditation: Students 7th to 12th Grade will be offered.
On Tuesday, March 18 and 25 from 3:15-4:15 pm the Introduction to Meditation: Students 3rd to 6th Grade will be offered. An adult must accompany the child participant to the afternoon series.
These classes will be held in the Community Room at the Midland Park Library with a minimum of five participants, a maximum of fifteen. Both series build on mindfulness meditation, which is being aware of the body in the present moment, being aware of right now. Some have found meditation practice decreases stress, anxiety, depression and hostility. Enhanced compassion, empathy, and executive function are also benefits some have found in the practice of meditation.
The Friends will collect a fee of $10 per participant for the series. These fees will be used to enhance the book collection of the Library.
Classes will be led by Kirsten Sharo, an instructor at Midland Park Continuing Education. Ms. Sharo is a long-time Midland Park resident with a child in each school in the district. She currently holds an adult meditation group that meets twice a month, and in April will be teaching a four week meditation class for Midland Park Continuing Education. Until recently she worked at Starlight Farm in Ringwood, NJ, which included involvement with the children’s Therapeutic and Hippotherapy riding program.
To register, contact Ms. Sharo at 201-290-6014 or Jennifer Triolo (President of the Friends) at 201-444-6835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The revitalized Friends provide extra value-added items and programs that are not in the library's regular operating budget. The Friends organization has been a registered charity with the State of New Jersey since 1930, but in existence since 1926. Through fund-raising and awareness efforts, the Friends make it possible for library patrons to enjoy a wider range of materials, special programs and equipment, such as the Wi-Fi coverage of the entire building that was completed in December. The group plans to assist in enhancing other technological offerings, purchase more best-selling books and bring in special programming throughout the year.