Librarians' Virtual Toolkit: Books and Reading Supporting Mental Health

Thursday, 17 June, 2021 - 14:00 to 16:00

As libraries and bookshops navigate ways to re-open safely and engage with their readers, the Librarians’ Virtual Toolkit explores the relationship between the sector's various reading offers and mental health. It will look at the Reading Friends scheme, how the sector contributes to combatting loneliness, and helping readers and staff through the processes of unlocking and recovery. Speakers for this afternoon of talks, presentations, and panels include library staff, booksellers, writers, and others with an interest in reader development.

Presented by the West Midlands Readers’ Network (WMRN) in partnership with Libraries Connected, the event is supported by Arts Council England. It will be broadcast on YouTube and archived afterwards. There will be a chat room to allow questions to be put to some of our speakers. Most of the event will be live, with some pre-recorded material.

Tickets are free but registration is required to receive a reminder and YouTube link. Those registering can join and leave the event at any time. 

The full programme and speaker biographies are available via Eventbrite.