Health and Wellness Center

Flu shots are periodically given in the library's Health and Wellness Center.
The Finkelstein Memorial Library Health and Wellness Center provides access to resources and information on a variety of health related topics.

The Health Information Center houses an in-depth collection of health reference books, periodicals and three computer workstations to enable patrons to search for health information on the Internet.

Health & Wellness Programs

All classes are free but require registration. To register and for further information call 352-5700 ext. 244 or stop by the 2nd floor reference desk.

Check with your health care professional before any exercise regimen.

Tai-chi classes are offered at the Library.

Free Healthy Tai Chi Classes- Both suitable for seniors and non-seniors  

Fridays, May 29, 11 am - 12 pm and June 5: 2 - 3 pm -  (pre-registration required)

Instructed by Master Ted Peng (Tai Chi 7th level, practicing for 30 years, teaching for 10 years in U.S.).

Tai Chi is a type of Chinese martial arts. It was developed in China over 400 years ago for health and self-defense. Healthy Tai Chi consists of slow individual movements taken from elements of regular Tai Chi. These slow individual movements are therapeutic in nature and target specific body areas and maladies. Practicing Healthy Tai Chi can improve one’s arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, immune system, flexibility, balance, and muscular strength.People can choose to stand or sit in chairs to perform the exercises.

Wear loose fitting clothing. Priority given to FML card holders.

Health and Wellness Programs
Living Well with Diabetes
Wednesday, May 6 - 5:30pm to 8:00 pm
This free six-session workshop series will help you: understand diabetes and learn how to prevent complications; keep track of your blood sugar; eat healthy; be more physically active; learn relaxation techniques to cope with stress; and take charge of your health. You will receive the support of others with similar concerns. The group provides a place where mutual support and success can help build your confidence in your ability to manage your health and maintain an active and fulfilling life. This course is offered through the Rockland County Department of Health and meets 2 ½ hours a week for 6 weeks. To register, call 364-2501.


Yoga for Adults
Senior Yoga - Free - 3 Week Beginner Course–Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23 - 11:00AM-12:30PM.

Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500, teaches slow-paced, low-impact yoga; the class closes with meditation & wonderful deep relaxation exercises. Seniors may benefit from Yoga's emphasis on breathing techniques, improved muscle tone, reduction of stress, better sleep, sense of well-being, and relaxing music. If you are out of shape, it's easy to work at a low level or on a chair.

Wear loose fitting clothing, bring a yoga mat & towel. Priority given to FML card holders. Registration required.


Health Juicing
Juicing 101 – Free - Thursday, June 18 - 7:00PM-8:30PM.

Raw Foods Lifestyle Expert Julia Lucas (aka Raw Julia) will introduce the healing benefits of juicing.  The aspects of juicing presented will be about the different kinds of juicers, how to reboot your health through a juice cleanse, juice fasting vs. juice feasting, weight loss, colon cleansing, detoxing the liver, nutrition, maintenance, the spiritual aspects, and how to create a life transformation through juicing. Registration required.

Zumba Classes
Zumba for Adults - Free - 3 Week Course–Thursdays, July 16, 23, 30 - 7:00PM-8:00PM.

Taught by Licensed Zumba ® fitness instructor Arianna Pallens.

 Zumba® fitness is a fusion of Latin and International music that provides a motivating and effective fitness system!  Zumba utilizes the principles of fitness interval training and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. Dance your calories and worries away!  Beginners are welcome!  This class is designed to be easier to follow and to build conditioning.  Please wear sneakers, bring a bottle of water, and a towel. Participants should be capable of moderate aerobic exercise. Priority given to FML card holders. Registration begins June 15.


Taekwondo Class
Intro to Taekwondo for Men

Thursday, August 6, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Master Raymond Portante of East Coast Martial Arts, 6th Dan black belt, demonstrates this traditional Korean martial art. Learn the proper technique for beginning punching and kicking, at the same time improving balance, coordination and self-confidence. Loose clothing advised. Registration begins July 6. Check with your health care professional before any exercise regimen.