Libraries Unlimited launch Reading Friends mental health campaign

Published: 15 February 2021

New parents and carers who may be feeling isolated or struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic are being invited to join their local library's new 'Reading Friends' scheme.

The scheme, which will run across all 54 libraries in Devon and Torbay, will see library staff chat one to one over the phone to parents and carers about books, magazine articles or news items. While reading is the focus, there's no pressure to have read a particular book before the session, it's about having time for social interaction and conversation.

Once libraries reopen and social distancing is relaxed, Reading Friends groups will meet in person with toys and books for the children. Books will be delivered by Choose and Collect at local libraries, or downloaded as eBooks.