Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes with Libraries NI
Published 07 Jun 2021

Libraries NI is inviting everyone to celebrate and share Empathy Day 2021 on Thursday 10 June. To celebrate, online activities will be taking place in the lead up to Empathy Day with a particular emphasis on activities on the day itself.

Empathy Day aims to help everyone understand and experience the transformational power of empathy through stories. The day focuses on using books to develop understanding by stepping into character’s lives and walking in someone else’s shoes.

Read for Empathy recommended reading lists have been created to assist adults and young people in selecting an empathy rich book. Libraries NI is also encouraging people to join the conversation on social media channels and in libraries by sharing a book recommendation that has changed their thinking or helped them understand a situation using the hashtag #EmpathyDay.

Adrienne Adair, Libraries NI Head of Service spoke of the initiative;

“In today’s society, and especially as a result of the pandemic, having empathy towards others is extremely important and with libraries being at the centre of many communities, it is vital we support this important initiative.

“To mark the occasion, Libraries NI is hosting empathy and kindness based bedtime Storytimes from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 June at 6:00pm, as well as dedicated storytelling sessions on our YouTube Channel. Rhymes can also help generate conversations with young children around feelings and emotions so join us on Thursday 10 June at 11:00am as we host a live Zoom Rhythm & Rhyme session. Reminiscence style photos and video clips from our Cultural Heritage resources will also be featured on social media so keep an eye out over the next few days”

Empathy Day 2021 is an initiative led by the Empathy Lab, an organisation who believe learning empathy through stories can help children and adults build better relationships by enabling them to communicate effectively and understand the emotions of others. Research has shown stories are a powerful way of training our brain, the more you can empathise with the characters in books, the more you understand other people’s feelings.

Register your place here for the Zoom Rhythm and Rhyme session and to browse the collection of empathy related books and to borrow for free, visit https://www.librariesni.org.uk/browse-read/empathy-day/ or contact your local library.

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