Relaxation, entertainment and information in one space… take a fresh look at your library
Welsh libraries are encouraging everyone to take a fresh look at their library this autumn as they take part in a national campaign to promote the benefits library usage can have on people’s health and wellbeing.
From mood-boosting books and group activities to large print and audio books, libraries will be showing how they can have a positive impact on your life during the ‘Get Reading, Get Better, Get Libraries’ campaign.
International rugby referee, Nigel Owens is launching the campaign at Pyle Life Centre in Bridgend on World Mental Health Awareness Day (10th October) and he commented: “Taking time out to relax is very important. Reading is a great way to find out more or to escape from reality and joining in group activities can help you share experiences and have some fun.”
A full programme of free events for all the family in libraries and local communities across the whole of Wales will be published on librarywales.org – ranging from regular library events such as author visits, baby bounce and rhyme sessions and reading groups through to yoga, laughter therapy, zumba classes and drop-in health checks.
Huw Lewis, Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Minister said, “Libraries are crucial to our health and wellbeing providing us with a vast choice of things to read, watch or listen to, as well as activities and special events. Being ‘prescribed’ a book by your GP or health worker may not be what you were expecting, but research has shown that the Book Prescription Wales scheme is a great success for helping those suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues. Specially chosen books can help people take charge of their health.
“During the month long ‘Get Libraries’ festival I urge everyone to take a fresh look at their local library and discover ways that libraries can help with their health and wellbeing.”
Book Prescription Wales enables GPs and other health professionals to prescribe self-help books which can help people suffering from mild to moderate mental health issues to access information to better manage their conditions. Over 30 titles have been carefully selected and are available to be borrowed free of charge at every local library across Wales.
“My doctor sent me to the library, recommending a book to help with my stress and anxiety. The books have been a great help, since then I have started reading for pleasure again – this is helping me relax in the evenings.” Library user, Blaenau Gwent
For more details on the services and activities available in your area call into your local library or visit librarywales.org