Mon, 26 Nov


The Hive

The Librarian's Toolkit 2018

Join library managers and front-line staff for an inspiring day about how books and reading can support well-being in public libraries.

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The Librarian's Toolkit 2018

Time & Location

26 Nov 2018, 10:00 – 15:30

The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD, UK

About the event

N.B. Please make sure you have registered via our Eventbrite page (as this event is co-hosted by Writing West Midlands) before proceeding to payment. This can be found here:

A day of Talks & Workshops on Books and Well-Being

Join library managers and front-line staff for an inspiring day about how books and reading can support well-being in public libraries. Guest speakers include novelist Salley Vickers, Libraries Connected Chief Executive Isobel Hunter and the Emergency Poet, Deborah Alma. The day also includes workshops on practical ways of improving your library’s well-being services and a chance to network informally with people making change happen.

The Librarians’ Toolkit will take place in The Hive, the inspiring library run jointly by Worcester University & Worcester Library Services and close to Worcester’s railway stations. The cost of attending includes a buffet lunch.

The Programme:

10am – 10.10 Welcome from Roz Goddard, Director, West Midlands Readers’ Network

10.10am to 11.10am Key Note Speakers

Isobel Hunter, Chief Executive, Libraries Connected

Salley Vickers, Novelist

11.10am to 11.30am Comfort Break / Book Signing with Salley Vickers

11.30am to 12.30pm Workshops

Workshop 1. Roz Goddard, Director, West Midlands Readers’ Network

The Reading Cure

This workshop will give an overview of The Reading Cure four-week course, piloted in Cradley Library in Dudley MBC. Devised by Roz Goddard for the West Midlands Readers' Network and focussing on developing well-being through reading, the course uses extracts of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. This is an opportunity to read and take part in exercises related to the texts and to assess it for use in your own library.

Workshop 2. Debbie Hicks, Creative Director, The Reading Agency

Reading and Loneliness

This workshop will look at work undertaken by Debbie Hicks, Creative Director of The Reading Agency, on how reading can impact positively on loneliness.

Workshop 3. Sorrelle Clements, Senior Development Manager, Coventry Libraries & Information Service

Transforming your Library into a Wellness Centre

This workshop will look at how front-line staff can help transform libraries into Well-Being Centres using books and other resources. Sorrelle will draw on her experience in Coventry Libraries and with the Public Libraries Health Group.

Workshop 4. An additional workshop is being sourced, details to be available shortly

12.30pm to 1.15pm Buffet Lunch and the Emergency Ambulance with Deborah Alma

1.15pm to 2pm Key Note Speaker

Debbie Hicks, Creative Director, The Reading Agency

2pm to 2.45pm Networking: Meet the Activists

An opportunity to meet some useful workers in this field through informal networking, to include:

Kurly McGeachie, workshop leader and rapper with an interest in emotional literacy

Deborah Alma, ‘The Emergency Poet’, with an interest in poetry and mental health

Sorrelle Clements, Librarian with an interest in libraries and well-being

Sandra Griffiths, trainer, with an interest in mental health and the black community

Roz Goddard, Poet, with an interest in creative writing and well-being

2.45pm to 3.15pm Deborah Alma, The Performance Poet

Deborah Alma in conversation with Roz Goddard about her work as The Emergency Poet, to include a short performance of poems ‘prescribed’ to improve well-being.

3.15pm – 3.30pm Summary and Farewell

Roz Goddard offers a brief summary of the day with suggestions for future work.

3.30pm Close

For more information, see our organising partner's website here:

Presented by West Midlands Readers’ Network

In Association with Libraries Connected

Supported by Arts Council England

Managed by Writing West Midlands





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