Reading and your wellbeing
Can reading actually increase our wellbeing? Find out when leading bibliotherapy advocate Susan McLaine appears for Maitland City Library’s Look Who’s Talking Wellbeing program at Rutherford Library on Tuesday 14 November.
The concept of prescribing books to help people deal with social, psychological and emotional problems dates back to 300BC. The ancient Greeks posted signs above library doors informing readers that they were entering a ‘healing place for the soul’. At the end of the 19th century, Freud began using literature during psychoanalysis sessions and after the First World War, traumatised soldiers returning home from the frontline were often prescribed a course of reading. More recently, reading has been prescribed by psychologists, social and aged care workers, and doctors as a mode of therapy.
City Librarian Keryl collard says, ‘On Tuesday you’ll be able to find out how and why reading books can be good for your mental health and your relationships. Our expert, bibliotherapy advocate Susan McLaine, will conduct a large group bibliotherapy session, perfect for those wanting to know more about this ancient therapy.’
Susan McLaine has been initiating developments in bibliotherapy since 2009, most recently founding Words that Heal, a program involving imaginative literature (fiction, inspirational stories, poetry) read aloud in a group. The program promotes positive wellbeing with the aim to enrich life quality and life spirit.
Reading for Wellbeing is the final event of Maitland City Library’s 2017 Look Who’s Talking Wellbeing program and it’s on between 6.00pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 14 November at Rutherford Library.