Friday, March 11, 2022 Estefany Mendoza Salazar

Welcome to The Kindness Project. The Arlington Public Library invites you to care for yourself and your community by joining us in a month-long celebration of kindness. The Kindness Project will take place across all Arlington Public Library locations and will run from Saturday, March 26, 2022, through Saturday, April 30, 2022. Programs range from yoga, sound baths, and mediations to wellness fairs, blood drives, and much more. Through this initiative, we hope to inspire Arlington residents to be kind in a variety of ways.

“Kindness can be expressed in a variety of ways,” Program Specialist Tamera Miller said. “Kindness to yourself means taking care of your body and soul. It can also mean helping, volunteering, and being active in your community. Kindness to the environment can mean recycling, sustainable habits.”

We will also give participants a Kindness Kit that includes a copy of Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community by The Born This Way Foundation Reporters and Lady Gaga. This book is a compilation of projects initiated by people inspired to make a difference in their community. Supplies are limited. Visit any library location to learn more about this initiative and how to participate.

Affirmation Cards

Print out and carry these cards with you. Read throughout the day for a boost of confidence and encouragement.

Bingo Card

The due date was extended to Saturday, April 30

Spread kindness, complete a Kindness BINGO card, and be entered into a drawing for library swag.

The Kindness Project Kickoff

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 10 a.m. - noon

All library locations

Pick up your Kindness Kit which includes a copy of Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community by The Born This Way Foundation Reporters and Lady Gaga. Kit includes other fun giveaways. First come, first serve due to limited supplies.

Sound Bath and Meditations

Monday, March 28, 2022, 6 p.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Join Denae Richards as she guides you through a discovery of mindfulness by way of Sound Meditation. Discover how the sound of gongs, Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, and other instruments streamline the meditation process. 

This workshop will begin with guided relaxation & breathwork followed by an entrancing and ethereal sound bath. You will be lying down in a comfortable position as you're bathed by the healing sounds of the instruments. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring items with you to create a comfortable meditation nest – yoga mats, knee bolsters, and blankets. Drink plenty of water before and after the workshop.

The Next Right Thing with Author Shaundale Rena

Saturday, April 2, 2022, 1 p.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

We invite you to join author Shaundale  Rénā as she speaks on the importance of self-care and taking time to listen to your inner voice of reason as it pertains to the next right thing for you. This topic connects with mindfulness in the space of mental wellness and community service. 

Introduction to Qigong

Monday, April 4, 2022, noon

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Celebrate kindness to yourself by learning about Qigong (making energy work). Qigong is the 'Mother' of other practices such as martial arts, tai chi, kung fu, etc. The practice of Qigong includes slow rhythmic movements combined with breathing practice in its most simple form.

Affirmation Bracelets

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 4 p.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

In this class, we will take washer bracelets and personalize them with positive affirmations. 

Coffee & Chat

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 11 a.m. at George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6:30 p.m. at Tarrant County College

Monday, April 18, 2022, noon at The University of Texas at Arlington

Saturday, April 30, 2022, 6 p.m. at Arlington Women's Book Club at Rocky Walton Law Offices

Join us at our Coffee & Chats throughout the community to discuss your thoughts on the book Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community and what impact you can have in your community.

Meditation for Relaxation

Monday, April 11, 2022, 6 p.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Celebrate kindness to yourself and learn and practice some simple meditation and breathing exercises. 

Kindness on Discord

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 4 p.m.

Virtual

Join us at Arlington Public Library's Teen Corner Discord for a discussion on kindness and self-care. What is self-care? How do we incorporate mindfulness and gratitude into our daily lives? Come hang out and we'll learn from each other!

Everyone’s a Poet

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 4 p.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Enjoy the opportunity to harness the creative potential of words as we make poetry engaging, personal, and accessible. 

Sustainable Landscaping

Saturday, April 16, 2022, 11 a.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Make small changes to your habits, home, and North Texas yard to make a big impact on your resource use and the environment.

Learn about

  • Efficient choices for North Texas yards
  • How to choose low resource use products and actions
  • Reducing, reusing, and recycling
  • How to use less water and energy

This event is brought to you by Arlington Water Utilities, Arlington Libraries, and Tarrant Regional Water District. Registration required.

Yoga for Relaxation

Monday, April 18, 2022, 6 p.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

In this hour-long session, we'll relieve stress from the body and mind through gentle stretches and mindful, meditative exercise. 

Upcycled Art: Book Folding

Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 4 p.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Learn the art of sustainability with artist Tshaner Sefas! In this class, we will be upcycling books by folding book pages in strategic ways to create a statement or symbol in the middle of the book. These statement works of art can easily be displayed in various places.

Community Care Fair

Saturday, April 23, 2022, 10 a.m.

Bob Duncan Center

Learn about physical and mental wellness, sustainability, volunteerism, and becoming active in your community. Join us for fun kindness activities and community demonstrations on healthy cooking, meditation, yoga, and so much more. Look after your health by participating in health screenings and a vaccine clinic. We will also be hosting a blood drive from Carter BloodCare.

Tai Chi

Monday, April 25, 2022, noon

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

You will be introduced to a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

Giving Back to your Community with Council Member Raul Gonzalez

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 6 p.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Kindness to others starts with you! Join City of Arlington's Council Member from District 2 Raul Gonzalez and learn how you can take that first step in helping the community around you.

Be the Change in your Community

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

Kindness to others starts with you! Join us and learn about the impact you can make in your community. Award-winning civic engagement students from Tarrant County College Southeast will share their experiences of serving in the community of Arlington.

Thank you to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for their generous support of our programming.