After much discussion between Arts and Libraries, the general consensus was that reading a good book was the ultimate past time (second only to seeing a Theatre show of course).
After further research, we found out from Reading Agency, that "reading for pleasure has been linked to a reduction in the symptoms of depression and to a reduction in the risk of developing dementia in later life" (OECD, 2013). In addition to this, "people who read books regularly are on average more satisfied with life, happier, and more likely to feel that the things they do in life are worthwhile. 76% of adults say that reading improves their life and the same number says it helps to make them feel good" (Jenkins et al 2011).
With that in mind, (i mean, who doesn't want to make people happy?), this Autumn, we're teaming up with The Core Library and bringing Silent Reading Cafe back. So why not come along and indulge in a digital detox, switch off from the outside world and lose yourself in an hour of uninterrupted reading at The Core. It's a chance to unwind and read any book you like, in a cosy, informal environment without distractions.
So step away from that phone, grab an Ovations cake and coffee (or perhaps a cheeky glass of wine), and treat yourself to an hour of silent reading.
Meet-up dates for your diary going right through to May 2018 are:
Thursday 21 December, Thursday 25 January , Thursday 22 February, Thursday 22 March, Thursday 19 April, Thursday 17 May
DCMS (2015) Taking Part 2014/15, Focus On: Free time activities p.7
OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results From the Survey of Adult Skills p.27
Jenkins et al (2011) Literacy, Numeracy and Disadvantage Among Older Adults in England p.68]