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ALIA launches ‘uplifting books’ campaign

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is running a campaign to find Australia’s ‘favourite mood-boosting titles’.

ALIA is currently inviting the public to nominate books for the campaign and share their choices on social media with the hashtag #uplift. The top 10 nominated titles will be released on the ALIA website on World Mental Health Day on 10 October, during Australia’s Mental Health Week.

The list will also be used to support the Books on Prescription program, which is being trialled in libraries in Central and Far Western New South Wales.

ALIA’s Australian Public Library Alliance chair Jan Richards said in a statement: ‘We know from overseas studies that libraries can work very successfully with mental health professionals. Self-help books have been found to be useful and there are also uplifting novels, biographies and other books that can have a very positive impact. We’re running this campaign to help us identify the ideas and stories that make people feel better, so we can share these with others who suffer from depression.’


Category: Library news