It’s Libraries Week! The theme is ‘My Time. My Space. My Library, with the focus on ‘wellbeing’. This week libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health.
Join us to celebrate our library and our newly opened Wellbeing Space.
Here’s our plan for Libraries Week:
Fiction Book Display
Did you know we have fiction books in the Library? Pop in to see our book display and borrow a fiction book. The Reading Agency has found there is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life.
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups. We have included some books from the Mood-boosting reading list in our book display.
Colour Me Happy Glass Board
Colour yourself happy by picking up one of our colouring sheets. We have teamed up with Scottish Illustrator and pioneer of the adult colouring book trend, Johanna Basford. Colouring sheets are available from the Information Centre, the Wellbeing Space and next to the book display on Level 2 in the Library. Please add your colourful creations to our Colour Me Happy Glass board. See the Guardian’s article on colouring books for adults and the benefits to mental health.
Jar of Smiles (positive thinking in a box)
Please add or take a motivational quote from our Jar (box) of Smiles in the Library Wellbeing Space.
HR and OD Dignity and Wellbeing Programmes
Human Resources and Organisation Development are running a Dignity and Wellbeing programme of training opportunities. See their webpage for more details.