Range of new initiatives launched at Islington libraries

Cllr Janet Burgess at Central Library

Cllr Janet Burgess at Central Library - Credit: Archant

Libraries in Islington have turned over a new leaf with the launch of a new range of free initiatives.

More than 3,000 online magazines and newspapers and eBooks are now stocked on the virtual shelves, alongside homework clubs, family-friendly activities and wellbeing books.

A Books on Prescription service has also been launched for residents with dementia, their families and carers – with books, CDs and audio to support those affected by the disease.

Improvements to the service coincided with National Libraries Day on Saturday (February 7).

Cllr Janet Burgess, Islington Council’s executive member for health and wellbeing said: “Islington libraries are changing with the times and keeping up with the diverse needs of our residents as well as the latest technology. Reading can be of great benefit to the elderly and unwell – as the Books on Prescription service recognises.

“So for those affected by dementia, we now offer free access to a range of self-help titles to fight isolation and provide practical advice.”

Residents joining their local library before April 23 will also be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad, shopping vouchers and a tour of Emirates Stadium.