National Libraries Week 2018 was this week and I really wanted to post my thoughts on it. This year their focus was on well being, which I felt was such an important topic to focus on.
Seeing the topic of this years #NationalLibrariesWeek was well being it really inspired me to write this. As you may be aware of if you read my blog is that I am working towards becoming a fully qualified Early Years Educator and the term well being is used in every topic. A child’s emotional well being is at the core of everything, it is the factor between the child succeeding and failing. If a child has a positive emotional well-being they will become self confident, this will lead them to try harder with personal relationships and education which will in turn help them become confident and intelligent adults. The emotional well being of the children is always at the heart of everything we do whilst them children are in our care, which shows how important wellbeing is for adults and children.
Libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for and creativity, and support people with their mental health- Libraries Week
Personally as a child I was obsessed with reading and anything to do with books! Books were the most important thing to me and I would wizz through them like there was no tomorrow. Realistically could my parents pay for every book I would read and manage to keep up with the demand? The answer is definitely not! Now I wonder how you can read around 20 books a month without it costing you a fortune? How about a system where you could borrow books for free, and read and read until your hearts content? Sounds familiar, that’s right a library. My favourite thing on a Saturday was to go down to the local library and get a big bag full of books to read over the next two weeks and swap them all for new ones once I had finished. The library became a really special place to me because it allowed me to fuel my hobby and passion without costing my parents an unreasonable amount of money, it also gave me a chance to socialise with like minded children who were there for the same reasons I was. I found this experience of being able to find all of these different books, fiction and non-fiction, to learn new vocabulary and increase my knowledge on a wide array of topics. It made me become aware of so much more than I would’ve been if I didn’t have access to these hundreds of books and it also helped me develop my literacy to a level which made my parents and school proud of me. I find that a really significant reason for libraries to be important parts of our society because the amount of reading I was able to do due to their service helped build my intelligence endlessly. It helped my with my confidence especially when it came to public speaking and with reading and understanding text.
Why libraries are so important
The library closest to me has many incredible factors which make it unique and important to our community. It has different stands which help different issues in a way which can be anonymous as well as personal, for example they have a whole corner created my Macmillan to provide books and information packs for people and their families dealing with cancer; an especially important feature is specific books designed for kids to help explain about cancer especially if their parents have been diagnosed with it. Another resource stand which I take full advantage of is one with information and personal stories about Autism, I have read multiple books from this stand to help me with both my job and my professional development. A particularly important area of my local library is for young teens which provides books and resources on going through puberty, mental health issues, sexuality issues, and bullying which I feel is so important to be easily and readily available for anybody who is struggling.
Libraries also offer different clubs and sessions to help build a community and promote well being, which is what is the focus of this years Library week. My local library offer de-stressing sessions with different services or tips on de-stressing to help promote the wellbeing of the people within our community, this also provides exposure for the services and companies who come in to run a session within the library. They help promote the community learning and skills programme by providing a space for them to advertise and run sessions to help more people gain a higher education, and along similar lines they run an adults reading club to help older people become more socially active within the community but also help with keeping their brains active with reading and discussions every week.
The number of opportunities for well being coming from one local library is endless and is always building up. The library is a service which should never be considered to be ended because it is so valuable to people of all ages and ability. It provides a sense of community by bringing like minded people together, it offers advice and information for any issues you may have and it gives you a place where so much knowledge is right at your fingertips which is just magical. This is a cause and a place which I will always back up and be passionate about because it did so much for me. Please consider supporting your local library more and check out what they have available because you never know when it might become a lifeline for you.
My local library was a safe place for me, it was somewhere where I could go and read and escape whatever I needed to escape. My local library gave my parents a very inexpensive way to make me happy. My local library provided me with advice when I was questioning my sexuality. My local library helped my Aunty when she had cancer. My local library provides me a place with resources to help my little sister and I to connect and to enjoy ourselves on a tight budget.