New Reading Well scheme supports children’s health and wellbeing

This story was published 26 February 2020

North Yorkshire libraries are offering a new collection of books designed to support children with their mental health and wellbeing.

library staff in Northallerton library at the launch of the new Reading Well collection

The Reading Well for Children scheme has been developed by Libraries Connected and the Reading Agency, together with funding from Arts Council England.

Books have been chosen in collaboration with health partners, children and their families with the aim of providing advice and support for coping with feelings, worries and daily life.

As with the existing Reading Well schemes, health professionals will be able to recommend titles on the list to families.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “North Yorkshire libraries have embraced the Reading Well books on prescription scheme for some years, already focusing on mental health, dementia and issues facing young people.

“This latest collection adds another strand to the support that people can find at their library, again showcasing their important role in maintaining the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.”

The full collection is available in 16 libraries, with the others having a selection. All reservations are free.

More information about the Reading Well for Children scheme can be found on the Reading Agency website.