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Empathy Day at Sandwell Libraries

Sandwell libraries will be marking Empathy Day next Tuesday, 11 June.

Empathy Day is the national day marking the importance of empathy in our communities, our homes and our public spaces.

The initiative has been developed by Empathy-Lab, the first organisation to focus on building empathy through books and stories.

Empathy Lab is calling for everyone on Empathy Day to:

* Read – because stories and book characters build our real-life empathy
* Connect – make new connections with people, inspired by sharing stories
* Do – put empathy into action in homes and communities

Miranda McKearney OBE, Empathy Lab, says:”Exciting scientific evidence shows that reading builds our real-life empathy.”

Councillor Bob Lloyd, cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: “It’s great that our library service is supporting this worthwhile national initiative, which began in 2017.

“Empathy Day’s message is to read stories, build empathy and make a better world.

“Sandwell Libraries will being hosting various themed events on Tuesday and throughout June to mark Empathy Day and I’d urge people to check out what events are going on at their local library and join in.”

Empathy Day events on Tuesday 11 June:

Glebefields Library, St Mark’s Road, Tipton – Come along for a cuppa, a biscuit and a chat with friends 1.30pm-3pm

Great Barr Library, Birmingham Road, Great Barr and Hamstead Library, Tanhouse Centre, Hamstead Road – Enjoy afternoon tea from 2pm-5pm.

Oldbury Library, Jack Judge House, Halesowen Street, Oldbury – All ages are invited to share their feelings on the ‘Empathy Wall’.

Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick – Empathy-themed story time for children three years and upwards from 4pm-5pm.

Tipton Library, Unity Walk, Tipton – Come along and have a cant and a colour, enjoy a chat and try out some relaxing colouring-in (adults)  from10am-12noon.

Other themed events at libraries throughout June include:
* Join in The Empathy Conversation, come along and discuss the importance of empathy in our communities
* Empathy rhyme times for under-fives
* Hosting school class visits focusing on empathy issues
* Contribute to an empathy wall
* Share your #ReadforEmpathy book recommendation

For more information about Empathy Day visit  www.empathylab.uk 

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