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Library Conference: Bibliotherapy for wellbeing

Thursday 21st November 2019 | Best Western Hotel, Tiverton | 09:00 – 15:30

Bibliotherapy – or ‘book therapy’ – is an ancient practice. The notion that reading can help to alleviate distress and improve wellbeing was articulated as early as the 5th century BCE, by the Greek tragedian Aeschylus, who wrote that ‘words are the physician of the mind diseased’.

Bibliotherapy recognises that books have the power to aid people in solving the issues they’re facing.

The Reading Agency states “reading for pleasure can increase self-esteem, reduce symptoms of depression, help build better relationships with others, and reduce anxiety and stress”.

During this year’s conference, you will hear from our keynote speakers on how books in your library can promote positive mental health and how high quality literature can build children’s empathy and much more!

Give your pupils access to the tools they need to improve their outcomes in life.



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