Li­braries help men­tal health

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

HAL­TON li­braries are hav­ing a World Men­tal Health Day show­case as part of the Na­tional Li­braries Week ac­tiv­i­ties.

The event will be on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10, from 2-4pm and will high­light the dif­fer­ent ways the li­brary can help peo­ple of all ages with their men­tal health and well­be­ing.

There will be ac­tiv­i­ties with a well­be­ing fo­cus for both adults and chil­dren, in­clud­ing read­ing groups, board games, adult colour­ing and an in­tro­duc­tion to self-help books.

The free drop-in event takes place at both Widnes and Hal­ton Lea li­braries.

Cllr Phil Har­ris said: “We have a great pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing Li­braries Week that we hope will bring the com­mu­nity to­gether and find out more about the ways we can help with your well­be­ing. Every­one is wel­come and the li­brary is free to join.”

Li­braries Week takes place be­tween the 8–13 Oc­to­ber. This year the fo­cus is on well­be­ing, 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.

Reg­u­lar li­brary ac­tiv­i­ties will also be run­ning as usual, in­clud­ing code clubs, Lego Club, Rhymetime, IT clin­ics and Satur­day sto­ries, all free of charge.

Li­braries Week is the an­nual show­case of the best that UK li­braries of all kinds have to of­fer, en­cour­ag­ing every­one to dis­cover their li­brary on the sec­ond week of Oc­to­ber.

For the lat­est news and up­dates, visit www.hal­ton.gov.uk/ li­braries/

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