Wrexham libraries are celebrating National Libraries Week from 8 – 13 October.
This year the focus is on wellbeing, with libraries across the country highlighting how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with mental health.
It’s not just public libraries – libraries of all kinds in schools, workplaces and universities have amazing services that improve our wellbeing.
And if you haven’t ventured to your local library yet take a look at these great statistics which might just persuade you…
- Research shows that library users have higher life satisfaction, happiness and sense of purpose in life compared to non-users
- Being a regular library user is also associated with good general health. When valued medically, library engagement saves the NHS just under £30 million a year
- Research has indicated that reading fiction is associated with higher levels of empathy and improved relationships with others
- Reading for pleasure has been linked to a reduction in stress, the symptoms of depression and the risk of developing dementia in later life.
- 76% of adults say reading improves their life and the same number says it helps make them feel good.
In Wrexham libraries, we have some exciting events planned to celebrate the week…
- Health and Wellbeing Roadshows
Our health is affected by many factors in our lives such as the environment, the existence or absence of a support network, where we live, our finances or lack of them, as well as our lifestyle. Whatever your circumstances are we may be able to help you achieve a status of positive Health and Wellbeing. To find out more visit our Health and Wellbeing Roadshows at Wrexham Library on Tuesday 9th October (all day), Rhos Library on Friday 12th October 10-12pm and Brynteg Library on Friday 12th October, 12-6pm. There will be something for everyone with information stands and activities throughout the day. Can you afford to miss them?
- Clare Macintosh
Wrexham Library will be celebrating National Libraries Week this year with a visit by Sunday Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh. Clare spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant, and now writes full time. Her debut novel, I Let You Go, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 12 weeks, and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It was selected for both the Richard and Judy Book Club and ITV’s Loose Women’s ‘Loose Books’, and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Clare will be talking about her latest book Let Me Lie at Wrexham Library on 11th October, 2018 at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the library or online
Statistics and more information available on: www.librariesweek.org.uk/facts
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