Libraries are good for you!

It must be October because the annual Libraries Week is already upon us.
This year the event focuses on wellbeing, showcasing the way in which going to a library is actually good for us and our mental health.

Libraries_week_2018Yes, it’s true – scientists say so. Apparently, research shows that library users have higher life satisfaction, happiness and sense of purpose in life compared to non-users. So now you know why you feel so good every time you come in!

A deeper focus for this theme is how we can all understand and manage our health & wellbeing, by using some recommended self-help books. These books are free to request and borrow at Blythe. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals.
There are currently four book lists available: Reading Well for mental health; Reading Well for dementia; Reading Well for young people; and Reading Well for long term conditions.
If the books are not immediately in stock, our volunteer staff will help you to reserve them.

Changes Wellness Prog-logo

And don’t forget… that every Tuesday this month, anyone can attend (no booking necessary) a ‘Changes’ session. Changes is a mutual-support group for anyone feeling a bit under mental strain in their daily lives. It’s a confidential, professional, closed session, and a chance just to talk.
Sessions take place after the library has closed to the general public, but someone will be there to open the door to you…

Lots to do!

As usual at Blythe Centre, there’s always a full list of things to do (check the events page for details).
Especially, please don’t forget the Autumn Fair on Saturday October 6th and the Book Sale on the 13th: as well as being fun events, they raise money to keep the library going…

Also, bookings are open now for our next theatre event.
For this, we are welcoming a joint production from Pentabus Theatre and New Perspectives Theatre, a play to mark the centenary of the end of World War.
Crossings promotional posterIt’s set in a village hall.
The first action takes place in 1919, just after the Great War has come to an end. Here Margaret comes face to face with Grace, who knew Margaret’s brother in the war. Through this chance meeting their two lives collide.
But then the plot fasts forward to 2019. In the same the village hall we meet Mirjana, a carer who is originally from Sarajevo, having escaped the recent civil war there.
With live music, waltzing and unexpected connections, the two actors will dance you through a century of turmoil, exploring how we return, resettle and adapt.

‘Crossings’ comes to Blythe Centre on the evening of Wednesday 14 November – click for details of how to book tickets online.  You can also buy tickets at the library desk.


We are also happy to be selling tickets for the Forsbrook School Fireworks Spectacular in November. Tickets are £5 per person (even for children) – though concessions are available for a family ticket.
Just ask at the desk.

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