Powys Library Service is asking residents to ‘Dip into Reading’ and reap the wellbeing benefits this winter

2 February 2023

Dip into Reading

Powys Library Service is teaming up with national charity The Reading Agency to promote the link between regular reading and improved health outcomes this winter.

Supported by Welsh Government, libraries across Wales will be involved in the public information campaign ‘Dip into Reading’ which aims to promote small amounts of reading each week to support people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Research shows that adults who read for just 30 minutes each week are more likely to report greater life satisfaction, self-esteem and are better able to cope with difficult situations[1], with library users reporting better overall health than non-users.[2]

Cllr David Selby, Cabinet Member for a More Prosperous Powys, said: “It’s fantastic to be teaming up with national charities to help raise awareness and support mental health and wellbeing around our county.

“I would like to encourage all residents to ‘Dip into Reading’ this winter. A little bit of reading each week could be just the tonic you need; and all for free in your local Library.”

Karen Napier MBE, CEO, The Reading Agency said: “The link between regular reading and improved wellbeing is well-known, and we are delighted to work with our partners in Wales to spread this message to the public and celebrate reading this winter. We know that the work we do to inspire engagement in reading across the UK is made possible by the commitment of our library partners and are delighted to be working with them on Dip into Reading.”

To find out more, visit your local library or go to www.readingagency.org.uk and click on Dip into Reading.

For suggested reading materials, visit your local library, www.storipowys.org.uk or Powys Libraries Facebook page.

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