Kirklees Libraries – New Website Launch!
Visit the new website for the Kirklees Libraries:
Kirklees Libraries provide a range of books, resources and information to help people improve their health and wellbeing. We work closely with partner organisations to promote positive health messages and signpost to relevant support. Check out what we have – you might be surprised at what libraries can offer.
Libraries across Kirklees stock the Reading Well book collections. These support a wide range of long-term health conditions, mental health and issues around dementia. The collections have been nationally curated by health professionals, library staff, teachers, link workers and those with lived experience. The collections support children, teens, adults and families.
As well as being borrowed from our libraries, the books can be downloaded free of charge as ebooks
You can browse and borrow our ebooks and audio books here. These titles are free to download, you just need to be a library member
As well as books and information to help with self-care, we also promote the joy of reading for pleasure. We know that reading can provide escapism but it also enhances empathy and helps with understanding of self and of identity. We have a huge range of fiction books to browse and our libraries display themed and collated collections to engage and interest.
This video shows the positive health impact of reading for pleasure.
Library events and activities
Library events promote connectedness among our communities and are a gentle and informal way of “joining in” and feeling less isolated or lonely.
Regular library events include reading groups, book chats, walking groups, knit and natter and the opportunity for parents and carers to socialise at children’s story times.
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Targeted library projects are delivered by librarians in the library or out in the community e.g. our bibliotherapy sessions which are aimed at adults living with dementia (and their carers). These sessions have at their heart the sharing of a book, story or poem and explore the emotions and themes of the shared extract. Pictures, objects, and multi-sensory elements ensure these sessions are inclusive and feedback has been very positive. Sessions have been delivered in care homes, GP surgeries, memory cafes and community venues.
You can find out more about our book collections, events and volunteering opportunities by checking out the Health and Wellbeing page on our library website, link below: