Libraries across the county will be focusing on the topic of wellbeing as they participate in this year’s national Libraries Week from Monday to Saturday, 8 to 13 October.
They will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness and social isolation, provide a space for reading and creativity, and support people with their mental health under the national slogan: My time. My space. My library.
KCC’s Libraries, Registration and Archives service wants to use this week to inspire people to enjoy time in the library, meet others and share their positive experiences. Residents are encouraged to join the library, sign up to receive the library newsletter and like their local Facebook page.
Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “We have a brilliant programme of activities during Libraries Week that we hope will bring communities together.”
LRA will be marking the week as follows:
- Having displays of library stock focusing on health and wellbeing, creativity and hobbies, mood boosting books and the latest Reading Well Books on Prescription adult mental health.
- Branding existing activities such as rhyme times, talk times, reading groups, Summer Reading Challenge medal presentations and school visits.
- Offering a list of suggestions from which staff can choose according to local priorities:
- Library Quiz and Library Wordsearch.
- Staff book recommendations (similar to those in Waterstones).
- Feedback notice boards where people can share favourite books, what they like about the library, etc.
- Library selfies – inviting customers, staff and volunteers to post a selfie on Facebook or Twitter of themselves in the library, with a favourite book if they wish.
- Posting brief social media profiles of different roles/members of staff, to create a sense of involvement with LRA.
- Social media postings of some fun images of soft toys using the library.
- The national organisers of the week are encouraging libraries to invite local choirs to sing in the library.
Staff who have completed Talking With Readers training will be encouraged to put this into practice during the week, and there will be a new webinar on how books can help children, their families and carers with challenging situations.
Activities will vary across the county, and to find out those planned for specific areas, the public are advised to contact their local library.