Health, Wellness, and Libraries

Health, Wellness, and Libraries
By Angela J. Reynolds, AVRL Community Engagement Coordinator

Research and old-fashioned common sense have conclusively determined that there is a direct correlation between the degree to which a person feels connected to others and their physical and mental health. There is a general feeling of increased happiness, vitality, energy, and satisfaction with life.

When most people think of health and wellness, chances are the public library is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, over the past few years, public libraries have been playing an increasing role in supporting the physical, mental, and social wellness needs of their patrons by working with local and regional partners to ensure the well-being of their communities.

Annapolis Valley Regional Libraries have embraced their role as community hubs. Now more than a place to read, libraries offer programming to stimulate, educate, and socialize. You can brush up on computer skills, join a book club, watch a documentary or feature film, discover your inner artist or crafter, play games, work on puzzles, chat with friends over coffee, or simply sit and read the paper. There’s all this and so much more!

It takes village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to help an adult live a long, happy, and fulfilled life. Get out of the house, come to the library, meet new friends and embrace new challenges.

Visit our calendar at to find activities!