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I was one of those children who preferred reading to playing ‘red rover’ in the playground at lunch time. I used to overhear my gran and my aunts witter on to my mum that I always had my nose stuck in a book when I should be ‘out playing’.   But I think my mum was over the moon that I was interested in reading about things outside of my own little bubble.

It’s not that I was anti-social or anything like that, it’s just that the characters created by authors like Enid Blyton, Paula Danziger and Judy Blume always seemed much more interesting than my cousins – seriously, how many times can you play hopscotch or hide and seek over the school holidays before you lose your mind?! 😉

So I was delighted to come across this new study via the ALA newsletter about the positive impact of reading fiction.  Conducted over a three year period by researchers in Toronto it reveals that by reading lots of fiction, children and young adults can improve their social skills; making them much more aware of the world around them; helping them to deal effectively with life’s challenges and participate confidently and effectively in social situations.

I’ve always felt that books like the adventures of the Famous Five and It’s an Aardvark Eat Turtle World set me up for life…so, three cheers for fiction; I don’t think we celebrate it enough!


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Seventeen library services across America have been awarded £292,000 to develop a programme aimed at increasing the awareness of library users within urban settings about the importance of physical and brain health.

The ‘Fit for Life’ initiative will provide free, balanced and trustworthy information on issues related to personal health, nutrition, health care provision and physical fitness. With the potential to reach almost 7 million people via branch libraries this project will surely produce enoromous value for both communities and individual users.

Reminded me of a smaller scale project launched earlier this year by East Renfrewshire’s Library & Information Service in Scotland (with financial support from SLAINTE), called My Health; a health information portal aimed at improving access to reliable health information on the web.

Both projects once again illustrating the social value of public libraries and their potential to change lives!

‘Fit for Life’ Story found via ALA Direct.

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Stumbled across this lovely little ALA promo video featuring Julie Andrews talking about what libraries mean to her: 

She only talks for about a minute, but listening to Mary Poppins sharing the joy she experienced as a child visiting her local library will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside! 🙂

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