Celebrating National Libraries Week
From 4-10 October, the NHS Library Service at Solent will be marking National Libraries Week.
Although Solent doesn’t provide services for patients, Libraries Week is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate reading resources that people can use to stay well.
Libraries Week recognises libraries of all different types and the breadth of what they offer (most of it for free). They are designed to be there for us, at all stages of our lives, whether we want to listen to ebooks, pick up a hardback, or find somewhere for our kids to do their homework that’s not in the kitchen…
Many of us might not realise, just how much a public library offers, amongst other things, they provide a great range of free resources that can help people stay well and develop their understanding of certain health conditions.
For example, Hampshire Library Service offers various online and face-to-face courses on a range of subjects including ‘Self-Care for Mental Wellbeing’, ‘Jewellery-Making for Wellbeing’, and ‘Starting to Manage Your Anxiety’.
Southampton and Isle of Wight libraries have ‘Books On Prescription’, which give people access to books about chronic conditions like asthma, along with titles that can help explore people’s mental health and wellbeing. Some books offer step by step advice on keeping well, and they are a great way to get trustworthy information that can be difficult to look for on the internet, for those who aren’t always confident browsing the web.
Portsmouth’s public libraries run a Health Enquiry Service (on Zoom for the moment), where people can meet a librarian with experience in finding sources relating to health and wellbeing. Appointments can be made to talk through individual needs, and the labraries will help find the right information.
Many public libraries across the region also have a wide range of events (online or in person) for all ages and diverse interests which can help combat feelings of isolation or loneliness too - it’s well worth taking a look at what you can sign up for!