To mark Children’s Mental Health Week (2-9 February) St Helens Library Service is launching a new range of books to support the wellbeing of young people in the borough aged between 7-11 years.
Reading Well for Children – delivered by the Reading Agency – is a book list made up of a number of titles that have been chosen and endorsed by leading health professionals – co-produced with children and families – that provide information, advice and support for coping with feelings, daily life – and getting through a tough time.
Book collections will be held at Newton-le-Willows, Eccleston and Rainhill libraries, along with some titles available for free through digital e-book service, BorrowBox – while books will also be available to reserve at other library branches for a small fee.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure & Libraries, Councillor Anthony Burns, said: “It’s no secret that reading broadens the mind, and there’s huge evidence to suggest that it really can support mental health and wellbeing. So I’m delighted our award-winning library service is offering this scheme to support our children and young people here in St Helens Borough.
“You will always get a warm welcome in our libraries, and we would love you to join, which is a quick and easy free process.
“Simply call in to any library, complete a form and show one proof of ID containing your name and address, with children under the age of 16 will needing a parent or carer’s agreement to join the library.”
More information on Reading Well for Children can be found at your local library.