This workshop is about an action research project in Essex in 2017-2018 which explored how library-based activities for pre-school children (under 5) benefit the mental health of mothers. One in five UK mothers experience a mental health problem relating to motherhood. In every community in the UK there are library-based "story-times" for pre-school children – these usually involve music, singing, and story-telling. Often libraries focus on the benefits for children, but we are excited by the effect of story-times on the mental well-being of mothers. At our session you will take part in a story and music session just like in Essex. It will be led by the researchers and one of the library workers. You will learn how evidence-based modifications were made to the story-time sessions, and the effect these had on mothers mental well-being. The session also includes discussion and questions.
Ben Lee, Director, Shared Intelligence, London, UK
Audrey Read, Customer Services Assistant, Essex Libraries, UK
Charlotte Boulton, Senior Consultant, Shared Intelligence, London, UK
Thursday, 13 September, 1:30 pm
Library (AGB), Room 301
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