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We were lucky to meet a fantastic new programmer this year: Avia Lukacs. Avia’s a published author (search for her in MORE), a massage therapist, and a certified aromatherapist. Our summer theme – health and wellness – brought her into the Library twice; she participated in our first Health Fair and she led a program called D.I.Y. Natural Beauty Products.
At the Health Fair she brought her massage chair and gave complimentary 15 minute massages, along with tips for how to get more out of your massage with aromatherapy. At the D.I.Y. Beauty class, Avia taught 13 participants how to make their own products (scrubs, sunburn soothers), customized with essential oils to suit their needs. She came to this program totally prepared with informative handouts, recipe cards, and every supply needed for the participants to make & take the products home.
We see endless opportunities to work with Avia! She’s coming back this December to help patrons create peppermint foot care kits to keep or gift to their loved ones. We are planning a February session on massage oils & techniques. She’s offered workshops at nursing homes on how to clean equipment/household items with non-toxic, natural products. There are opportunities to teach how essential oils are great for health – physical and mental. She’s also interested in doing book-talks/author visits.
I can’t recommend Avia strongly enough – she’s a pleasure to work with, organized, prepared, and people respond really well to her. The interest in natural products & essential oils (and their many uses) is growing, and she’s an experienced guide. For any libraries looking for some programming ideas, reach out to Avia: alukacs @ hotmail.com