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Bibliotherapy: Reaping the Rewards of Reading

A Book Prescription Scheme for Children and Families (in partnership with the Library Services and the Children and Young People’s Partnership, Families First programme), proves to be a winner for three regular library users in Denbighshire.

Over a three month period the Children and Families Book Prescription Scheme asked parents and professionals to evaluate the books they have read to help them to address the needs of a child or young person. All those who completed the evaluation were entered into a draw and the lucky winners were, parent/carers Nia Jones, from Corwen, Lynn Beanland from Rhyl and Gaenor Watts, from Rhewl, who each won a ‘Love to Shop’ voucher.

Nia had found the book she borrowed to be “Useful and Educational” and Gaenor quoted she thought the scheme was a

“Brilliant idea and very helpful to aid her in her work in social care.”

The results of the evaluation are encouraging with 100% of entries stating they would recommend the scheme to others. 67% of the entries in the draw gave excellent feedback finding the books to be “very helpful”; this information will aid practitioners to inform others about the value of the scheme. When asked where they had heard about the scheme 8% were recommended by GPs and a further 8% by Teachers who had promoted the scheme through school.

Denbighshire libraries hold a copy of all thirty books within the scheme in each library across the county and an overwhelming 51% of entries found the library staff helpful in selecting a book from the scheme. The Bibliotherapy scheme covers various topics such as anger, grief, bereavement, bullying, confidence and self esteem. Denbighshire libraries have supported parents and professionals to access over 529 books within the range over the past year. The most popular books being accessed were the Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside, New Toddler Taming by Dr Christopher Greene and House of Tiny Tearaways by Dr Tanya Byron.

2nd prize winner Lynn Beanland receives her voucher