As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Libraries NI, working with The Reading Agency, is launching the ‘Reading Well for children’ booklist to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.The Reading Well for children booklist was created in response to data raising concerns about children’s mental health in the UK. There are 33 books covering topics relevant to the children of today, including grief, anxiety, bullying and staying safe online. The books on the list, by authors including Michael Rosen, Dr. Dawn Huebner, Tom Percival, Zanib Mian and Joseph Coelho, have been selected to help children aged 7-11 years understand and talk about their mental health and wellbeing. The book selection panel included experts from public libraries, NHS England, Mind, the Royal College of GPs and the School Library Association.Commenting on the launch, Jim O’Hagan Libraries NI Chief Executive said:“With all of the challenges of COVID-19, it is important that libraries continue to support customers of all ages in their local communities. The Reading Well for children collection builds on the Shelf Help books that are already available for teenagers and young people. Both these collections will encourage children and young people to have important conversations about their feelings with their parents and carers.”The books are available through the Book and Collect Service across the network of libraries or alternatively, 32 of the books are available as eBooks and can be accessed through Libraries NI’s online library. A full listing of the book titles and how to borrow is available here.
Orla Chennaoui is a multilingual sports television presenter, a sports journalist, writer, columnist, mother of two and also a lifelong anxiety sufferer. Having always thought any successes were enjoyed in spite of her anxiety, Orla has come to realise more and more that it is just as likely to be because of it, and all the dedication, empathy and awareness it brings.
Published 03 Mar 2021
From 8 March onwards customers will be able to access IT and print at all public libraries. In order to maintain social distancing, there will be controls on the number of people allowed in libraries at any one time and customers will be asked to limit computer use to 60 minutes initially.
Libraries NI is offering you the opportunity to take part in a program of events to help you stay well and keep connected. Hopefully the events will give you inspiration and ideas to spring clean your minds and bodies.
Laugh out Loud!
Are you aged 12 years or under? What is your favourite laugh out loud joke? You could win a copy of Pete Johnson’s latest Louis the Laugh book, ‘How to Change your parents into Superstars’!
Published 01 Mar 2021
At its meeting on the 11 February, the Libraries NI Board responded positively to the public consultation by agreeing revised proposals for Cultural Heritage Services in Co. Armagh. Libraries NI consulted on a proposal to relocate the service provided at the Irish and Local Studies Library (ILS) in Abbey Street, Armagh with a view to improving access to heritage services, and increasing use whilst ensuring the service is financially sustainable.
Published 12 Feb 2021