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Book therapy scheme up for award
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Morag McGrath works as a resident bibliotherapist in the library
A scheme which recommends books to read as a form of therapy for has been nominated for a national award.

The Read Yourself Well project is based at East Ayrshire Library and Information Services.

A bibliotherapist uses sessions with clients suffering from depression or mild mental health problems to recommend certain books to read.

The Kilmarnock-based scheme has been so successful that it has been rolled out in libraries across the region.

It has also helped to boost library membership.

Resident bibliotherapist Morag McGrath said the project helped to empower her patients.

Self-help reading

"These are the people who just don't feel right but don't feel unwell enough to go for tablets or for counselling.

"Where the self-help reading feeds in is at the level that people can manage themselves and I think that this is very important and very empowering for them."

The scheme will be evaluated by Professor John MacDonald of Paisley University.

It has been nominated for the 2007 Libraries Change Lives Award.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.


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