Wolverhampton's libraries are celebrating National Libraries Week, beginning on Monday, with a host of free activities over the next few days.
The theme for this year's event is wellbeing, and many of the sessions in the wide-ranging programme tie into this.
Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “We are delighted to present a variety of activities for National Libraries Week which celebrates the fact that libraries are not just about books, but are places where people can improve their wellbeing, pursue a hobby, brush up on their IT skills, find a job or simply have some fun.”
The timetable is as follows:
Monday 8 October
Wellbeing check with Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Warstones Library, 12pm-2pm.
Readers Group, Wednesfield Library, 2pm-3pm.
Readers Group, Warstones Library, 5.45pm-6.45pm.
Mood Boosters Tea & Chat with Tettenhall Readers Group, Tettenhall Library, 6pm-7pm.
Tuesday 9 October
Knit and natter coffee morning, East Park Library, 10am-12pm.
Wellbeing check with Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Penn Library, 10am-12pm.
Rhyme time (for under 5s), Pendeford Library, 10.30am-11am.
Diddy Dance Baby Booktime Special (for under 3s), Central Children’s Library, 10.30am-11.30am.
Police surgery, Bilston Library, 10.30am-12.30pm.
Storytime Special, We’re going on a Bear Hunt yoga-style (for under 5s), Warstones Library, 2.30pm-3pm.
Wednesday 10 October
Baby Booktime (for under 3s), Finchfield Library, 10.30am-11am.
Rhyme Time (for under 5s), Bilston Library, 11am-12pm.
Thursday 11 October
Official launch of new Rhyme Time session (for under 5s), Penn Library, 10.30am-11am.
Digital Skills Workshop in partnership with Lloyds Bank, Central Library, 10.30am—12.30pm.
Wellbeing check with Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wednesfield Library 12pm-2pm.
Tea with local author Gina Baines, Penn Library, 2.30pm-3.30pm.
Teen Group (for 13-16-year-olds), Central Children’s Library, 5pm-6pm.
Book launch by local poet Roy MacFarlene, Central Library, 6pm-7pm.
Friday 12 October
Baby Booktime (for under 3s), Spring Vale Library, 10am-11am.
Rhyme Time, Tettenhall Library, 10.15am-10.45am.
Music, Rhythm and Rhymes (for under 5s), Whitmore Reans Library, 2.15pm-2.45pm.
MacMillan Coffee Morning, Warstones library, 10.30am-12pm.
Saturday 13 October
Central Library is also hosting Coffee and Chat from 10.30am to 2pm on Wednesday (10 October), which is World Mental Health Day.
The event will highlight support available to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing from organisations including the Community Support Service, Carer Support Team, Starfish Social Hub, Terrence Higgins Trust, St George's Hub, HeadStart Wolverhampton, The Haven, the Children's Society and Wolverhampton Healthy Minds.
Visitors will also be able to see Central Library's Reading Well for Mental Health book collection, which includes a variety of titles to help people manage common mental health conditions or deal with difficult feelings and experiences.
Meanwhile, members of the Community Support Service and the Carer Support Team will be holding Talking Points sessions at Penn Library on Tuesday (9 October) from 11am-12.30pm, Low Hill Library on Thursday (11 October) from 2.30pm-4pm and Long Knowle Library from Friday (12 October) from 3pm to 4.30pm. The Talking Points sessions give people the opportunity to speak face to face to members of the Community Support Service and Carer Support Team and find out more about services and support groups available in the local community.
Councillor Reynolds added: "There's something for everyone, and many of the events link with this year's theme of wellbeing – for instance Tettenhall Readers Group will be holding an extra meeting to discuss books they love and boost their moods over a cuppa, Warstones Library will be hosting a MacMillan Coffee morning and the Black Country NHS Partnership will be offering wellness checks at various libraries."
It's free to join Wolverhampton's libraries. For more information, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/libraries.
National Libraries Week is organised by CILIP, the library and information association. This year's week focuses on wellbeing, with libraries across the country are showcasing how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health.
For more information, please visit www.librariesweek.org.uk.