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Health and Wellness at the Library

Health and Wellness at the Library

Health and Wellness at the Library

“If you were going to build a new public library from the ground up, what would it look like? This is the question the city of Santa Clarita, California asked itself in 2014 when it conducted a community needs assessment to decide what to include in its latest branch: The Saugus Library Center.

More than 1,500 residents filled out surveys and 300 participated in community meetings. What they found may surprise you. In addition to wanting things like “comfortable seating, a children’s library, a café, a quiet study area, more books, free Wi-Fi, [and] a family events center,” the community also asked for “a place for fitness and exercise.”[1] Indeed, 47.2 percent of survey respondents said they wanted to see “Exercise/Fitness classes” in the new Saugus Library Center, making it the fourth most popular response, behind “Free Wi-Fi,” “Books,” and “Family Events.”[2]”


[1] Andrew Clark, “City plans for massive annexation, Saugus library and arts center.” The Signal: Santa Clarita Valley. February 12, 2018.

[2] City of Santa Clarita. Saugus Library Center Needs Assessment Survey – April 2015.

[3] RJ Marques. “New SA library with free Wifi, YMCA to open Friday on far West Side.” KSAT-12. November 4, 2016.

[4] Calgary Public Library. “Calgary’s First Express Library Opens in New YMCA.” January 9, 2018.

[5] Janis Wallace. “Residents in southwest London are excited about a new one-stop-shop for learning, playing, and healthy living.” February 1, 2018.  

[6] Seow Bei Yi. “Community facilities under one roof at new Bedok lifestyle hub.” The Straits Times. February 4, 2018.

[7] City of Santa Clarita. “Saugus Library Center.”

[8] Public Library Association. “Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative.””




Posted on: April 25, 2018, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

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