The Librarian's Toolkit 2018
Time & Location
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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-librarians-toolkit-tickets-50737996714
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.
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.
For more information, see our organising partner's website here: https://www.writingwestmidlands.org/the-librarians-toolkit-2018/
Presented by West Midlands Readers’ Network
In Association with Libraries Connected
Supported by Arts Council England
Managed by Writing West Midlands
- West Midlands Library Staff£30£300£0
- External registrants£50£500£0