Want to get healthy? Head to the library, says council

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If your New Year’s resolution is to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle, your local library can help out, says the county council.

Whether you fancy a refreshing walk, a cup of coffee, or a bit of a chat libraries are the place for you.

Libraries across the county are hosting a series of free health and well-being events and activities over the coming months. There is something for everyone, so why not pop along and join in.

Councillor Eddy Poll, executive member of cultural services for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “These events aim to help people start the New Year with a healthier, happier outlook. The mood boosting coffee mornings are a great way to meet new people and discuss interesting books.

“The Human Libraries event, which involves people sharing their life experiences, is something that has been tried before and worked really well to promote a greater understanding of issues such as addiction, self-harm, race and mental health. In addition to these events, the entire family can get involved by attending our ‘healthy walks’, some of which end at the library with a visit from Bookstart Bear, stories and refreshments.”

The following events are taking place in the area;

Human Libraries events in partnership with the LCPT are set for Skegness with a date to be confirmed. People interested in volunteering to help share their life experience with other people are asked to contact the team on: 01522 782010.

A Knit and Natter group takes place at Skegness Library every Tuesday, 2-4pm.

Craft and Laugh takes place at Wainfleet Library – and is run every Tuesday, 2pm-4pm.

A Chess Club takes place at Skegness Library – currently run every Tuesday, 3pm-5pm.

For more information visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing or call 01522 782010.

These activities will be complemented by the Reading Agency’s Mood Boosting Books, which recommends titles for those feeling stressed, depressed or just wanting a bit of a pick-me-up. More information on the scheme can be found at http://readinggroups.org/moodboosting.