Libraries: Great Local Resources for Families!

Meredith, Project Manager, Health Literacy Team on August 17, 2015

I recently attended a retirement party at a local library. It was my first time visiting this particular library, and as I made my way through the library to the party, I was reminded of what wonderful spaces libraries are for kids, families, and adults. Whether you are looking for information, wanting a quiet place to read, or wanting to explore a new topic, a library is a wonderful place to spend some time. I have fond memories of being a kid and taking the bus with my Mom and sister to the library downtown. It was such a fun adventure to bring our book bags, search through the rows of books, and to pick out a few to bring home. Summer is a great time to take your kids to the library to pick out some new books to read!

Libraries are also great places for families to find information on health and wellness topics, including mental health. Because libraries are such a great resource in communities across BC, the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre continues to be interested in connecting and working with libraries to support and promote the mental health information needs of children, youth, and families in BC.

Here are some ways the Kelty Centre can work with libraries:

  • Recommendations: The Kelty Centre can provide a customized list of recommended child & youth mental health and substance use books/dvds/audio resources that libraries can order. Libraries can also access Quick Reference Sheets on a wide range of mental health and substance use topics.
  • Free Resource Packages: The Kelty Centre can send customized, evidence-based child & youth mental health resources (e.g. fact sheets, Healthy Living Toolkits, dvds) to libraries for free, including resources in French, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Farsi.
  • Promotional Materials: The Kelty Centre can mail Kelty promotional materials and other mental health resources (e.g. posters, bookmarks, information cards, etc.) that can be displayed in libraries and distributed to library users
  • Updates: The Kelty Centre can provide regular updates about new resources and upcoming events that might be relevant and useful to library users.

If you work with a library in BC and are looking for ways to support the mental health information needs of families in your community, check out the libraries page on the Kelty website to find out how!

Happy summer reading everyone!


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