In 2021, the Journal of Happiness and Health reported that "Nature experiences have a positive effect on mental health." Since the pandemic, nature has also proven to have a positive effect on physical health. Many libraries and schools started outside story times and programming, so join us for ideas, activities, resources, and book pairings for public and school library outdoor programming. Whether it is bird watching, rock painting, or art made from natural objects or found materials, outside library programs are safe and refreshing and build a child's imagination and a lifelong love of and respect for nature.
Holmes, Soline and Schwarzenbach, Alicia, "The "Natural" Library: Taking Public and School Libraries OUTSIDE!" (2022). 2022 Children's Book Festival Live Sessions. 18.