Libraries on Empathy Day

Libraries on Empathy Day

We’re so delighted to be taking our first step with libraries on Empathy Day, partnering with the Society of Chief librarians and seven library services to test activities for this and future Days. They include empathy book displays, and green screen selfies with #ReadforEmpathy book recommendations. You can download our Library Newsletter here

The participating authorities are 
  • St Helens
  • Sheffield
  • Libraries Unlimited (Devon)
  • North Tyneside
  • Hampshire
  • Essex
  • Sandwell

"Developing empathy is a vital life skill—in libraries part of why we promote and encourage reading for pleasure is so that children, young people and communities can understand, empathise and relate to different life experiences—it is absolutely why I believe that all libraries should engage and celebrate Empathy Day." 

Janene Cox, Chair of the Books and Reading Group,  Society of Chief Librarians


"A library is a real-life EmpathyLab – stuffed full of experiences and emotions "

Catherine Johnson, Author


Essex Libraries are running an after-school story challenge focusing on the different perspectives of squabbling crayons in Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers’ “The Day the Crayons Quit”.  

"In libraries we can find out how the world looks to other people. That’s crucial for developing our empathy skills.
Happy Empathy Day!"

Gillian Cross, Children's Author
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