Li­brary sup­port­ing the ‘First Fort­night’

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW Li­brary Ser­vice is join­ing with the ‘First Fort­night’ fes­ti­val to shine a spot­light on men­tal health-re­lated books dur­ing the month of Jan­uary.

First Fort­night is a two-week men­tal health arts fes­ti­val that has been staged in Dublin and venues na­tion­wide since 2009.

The fes­ti­val stages arts events in the hope that they will pro­voke dis­cus­sion around men­tal health and end the stigma that can pre­vent peo­ple from seek­ing help when they most need it.

From factual texts to bril­liant works of fic­tion and help­ful in­for­ma­tion books, read­ers will be spoilt for choice as li­braries high­light texts that will open up dis­cus­sion around men­tal health.

Read­ers are in­vited to ask their li­brar­ian for help in se­lect­ing books dur­ing the month.

Some of the books on the list in­clude The Rosie Project by Graeme Sim­sion, Paris for One by Jojo Moyes, and The Hun­dredYear-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Win­dow and Dis­ap­peared by Jonas Jonas­son.

Con­tri­bu­tions have been made by the li­braries, Chil­dren’s Books Ire­land, HSE, Jig­saw and Read­ing Well.

To sug­gest a book for next year’s First Fort­night read­ing list, email info@first­fort­

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