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Chase away the blues at Cardiff libraries and hubs



Libraries and hubs across the city have the perfect antidote to the January blues next week with a packed day full of activities and information.


Central Library Hub hosts a Blue Monday event on Monday, January 15 (11am - 3pm) with a number of taster sessions and workshops to encourage people to try something different in the New Year. Activities include crafting for mindfulness, yoga, tai chi, creative writing, cake decorating and learning French.


Staff from Cathays Branch and Heritage Library will deliver sessions on the information and resources available at the library for anyone interested in researching their family tree or learning more about local history.


A number of organisations will also attend the Central Library Hub event including Samaritans, Time to Change and Recovery Cymru.


Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Blue Monday is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year but with all the activities and information we have on offer next Monday, our libraries and hubs will be offering plenty of cheer and positivity to our customers.


"We want to encourage people to try something new, to come along and meet new people. Many people can feel down at this time of year while isolation and loneliness can have a real impact on a person's health all year round.


"Taking up a new hobby or just meeting new people regularly can have a really positive effect on a person's wellbeing and help to counter feelings of isolation and solitude. There's something for everyone at Central Library Hub on Monday including information and advice from our partner agencies for those looking for support.


"Aside from this special event, our libraries and hubs can play an important role in the

health and wellbeing of our customers. They are real focal points in their communities, hosting activities and groups each week where people can meet, join in and receive information about services in the area."


All branch libraries and hubs across the city are offering Blue Monday activities including Radyr Library welcoming a harpist to play stress-relieving tunes for customers (10.30am) while Canton Library hosts a Blue Monday café (10.30am - 12.30pm) with Origami, Scrabble,colouring and plenty of information about ongoing activities including Reading Aloud, Book Club and Goldies singing groups.


Powerhouse Hub is hosting a coffee morning and Yoga taster session at 10.30am, while Llanrumney Hub has an afternoon of activities from 2 - 5pm, including Art for Wellbeing, Tai Chi, Knit & natter and PC workshops.


STAR Hub will welcome customers to a coffee morning & dementia friends session (10am - 12pm) whileEly & Caerau Hub is encouraging customers from the local area to come along for a chat to meet others in the community at their FAN Friends & Neighbours Group (9.30-10.30am).


Rhiwbina Library will hold Miss Tilly's Community Café (12.30 - 1.30pm) before a mindful (ness) yoga in chairs session (1.30-2.30pm) as well as information stalls (3-5.30pm) about services and activities in the area.


Please visit of contact your local branch or community hub for details of events in your area.