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Research finds that reading groups are good for your health

Research commissioned by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council carried out by The Reading Agency and the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University (LISU) found that public libraries make a significant contribution to health and well-being in communities, particularly through reading groups and the other creative activities they offer.

Headlines from the research relating to reading groups include:

  • Nearly 90% of library authorities are providing reading group activity with therapeutic purpose
  • 84% have been providing them for over years
  • These reading groups servce a range of audiences including adults, children, teenagers. Some authorities run telephone reading groups for house bound readers
  • 60% of library authorities are offering other creative bibliotherapy activity including creative writing groups, book doctor sessions and creative reading activity

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