Thibodaux Library Breaks a Sweat
by Jacqueline Weimer
Traditionally a quiet, lethargic place, the modern library is evolving into something much more than that. The Thibodaux branch of the Lafourche Parish Library now features an assortment of community activities and events like Open Mic Night, Board Game Night, craft classes and coupon exchanges. Its latest endeavor is completely different—group workout classes.
Claire Mayeux, circulation librarian, is in charge of adult programming at the library. She said it is often difficult to get ideas that will appeal to adults and get them in the library. This summer’s reading program featured a yoga session that had a good turnout, so they decided to stick with the workout theme and continue to appeal to that idea.
“We have a great selection of workout DVDs on our shelves that we already own,” Mayeux said. Using these resources, the library is able to utilize what it has and make it even more available to the public.
The workout class is free to the public, even to those who aren’t members of the library. There’s also no sign-up process. You provide your able body donned in workout attire, and they provide the programming.
The first event was held Sept. 5, and Mayeux said it proved to be very successful. The next group workout session will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
“It takes place in the library in our activity room,” Mayeux said. “It’s a very large space, and we clear the room and put on the DVD.”
Watching the DVD makes it like a group workout class, without having to pay for a gym membership. It’s a far more laid-back environment that eliminates the anxiety of facing an instructor.
The video used during the previous event was selected because it allowed everyone—no matter shape or size—to participate comfortably and eased people into the idea of working out. The goal is to eventually build up to Zumba, which is hosted by another branch. There is a lot of interest in the popular dance-centered workout. Mayeux hopes that this can one day become a weekly program, once more interest is generated.
“We’re trying to break down the barriers of what people think the traditional library is,” Mayeux said.