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 such as free lectures on nutrition, disease prevention, etc. and hands-on free yoga, Tai Chi, and zumba classes offered seasonally.

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 Classes

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-chiHealthy Tai Chi
Mondays, Aug. 1 – 22: 10 – 11 AM

Instructor: Master Ted Peng

Slow individual movements are taken from elements of regular Tai Chi in this class that can target specific body areas and maladies. Participants can stand or sit in chairs. Wear loose fitting clothes. Registration begins July 1.

yoga-seniorsSenior Yoga:
4-Week Beginner Course
Wednesdays, Aug. 1– 24: 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, E-RYT500

Learn slow-paced, low-impact yoga. Each class ends with meditation and deep relaxation exercises. Wear loose fitting clothes, bring a yoga mat and towel. Registration begins July 1.


Yoga – A New Awakening 

For Women Only

4 Week Course - Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 - 7:00pm-8:30pm

Instructor: Bonnie Ringer, CYT, E-RYT500.

Yogini Master Bonnie Ringer will guide you through breathing exercises and an in-depth Bonnie’s Yoga Shala Shakti Namaskara®, Vinyasa Flow practice, concluding with deep healing relaxation and meditation.

Bonnie is an experienced Healing Arts and Meditation instructor. She is known for her artistic and inspiring yoga teachings, spot on adjustments, naturally unique intuition, and accessible philosophical teachings. Wear loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat. Priority given to FML card holders. Registration required beginning August 15.

tai-chiHealthy Tai Chi Classes

Suitable for seniors and non-seniors

Mondays, September 12, 19, and 26 – 10:00 am-11:00 am

Instructor: Master Ted Peng, Tai Chi 7th level, practicing for 30 years.

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 and sneakers. Priority given to FML card holders. Registration required beginning August 15.

meditation.Reducing stress through meditation

Monday, September 26 - 7:00pm-8:00pm

The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a healing modality. Join Frank Pawlowski Ed.D., long-time meditator as he discusses the extraordinary effect meditation has on reducing stress-related responses, improving concentration, enhancing clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. He will also present a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that can enrich one’s life personally, professionally and spiritually. Registration required beginning August 29.

alzheimersHealthy living for your brain and body

Wednesday, September 28, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Presented by Jody Addeo, MPA, Community Engagement Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in Rockland County.


For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Registration required beginning August 29.

meditation.Meditation on the Inner Light

2 part series–Thursdays, October 27 & November 3 - 12:00pm-1:00pm

Through meditation we can experience a profound peace, bliss and happiness unlike any we can find in the world. Come learn the steps to mediation and begin to experience the inner light and a deep source of spiritual nourishment. For new or advanced meditators.  Facilitated by Dr. Frank Pawlowski, Ed.D, long time meditator. Registration begins September 26.


zumbaZumba for Adults - 4 Week Course–Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22 - 7:00pm-8:00pm

Licensed 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 easy to follow. Please wear sneakers and bring a bottle of water and a towel. Participants should be capable of moderate aerobic exercise. Priority given to FML card holders. Registration begins October 5.

Health and Wellness ProgramsYou are what you eat!

Thursday, November 10 - 7:00pm-8:00pm

Jaclyn Padovano, a Registered Dietitian at ShopRite® of West Nyack, NY will present a program on healthy nutrition, label reading, and snacking tips. Proper nutrition can help reduce your risk for various diseases – learn how to minimize your risk and live a more healthful life! Registration begins October 10.