Banish Blue Monday at your local library

Somerset’s libraries will be leading the fight against post-Christmas depression with a range of events and activities to mark Blue Monday.

This year’s Blue Monday – the day said to be the most depressing of the year – falls on Monday 19 January. Libraries will be displaying books which have changed people’s lives for the better, each with a short paragraph by the person who nominated the book. Library users are also invited to nominate their own life changing book to be added to the displays.

Blue Monday is thought to be caused by, among other things, the arrival of post-Christmas bills. So, five Somerset Libraries will also be running short courses on using the internet to help manage finances. Staff will support learners through an online course, and then look at websites such as www.moneysavingexpert.com and www.moneyadviceservice.org.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “January is certainly not my favourite time of the year, but long dark nights and cold wet weather do make it much more appealing to stay in with a good book.

“Somerset’s libraries will be offering a range of feelgood literature and self-help courses to help banish the post-Christmas blues, so well worth a visit this winter.”

The financial management courses are free and will run on Blue Monday 19 January at the following libraries:

  • Bridgwater Library: 10.15am-noon
  • Chard Library: 2.15pm-4pm
  • Minehead Library: 1.45pm-3.30pm
  • Taunton Library: 10.45am-12.30pm
  • Yeovil Library: 10.15am-noon.

Basic computing skills are necessary for these courses. Places are limited, and can be booked at the libraries listed above, or by phoning 0845 345 9177.