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Support the new Scotland-wide reading initiative

A new Scotland-wide reading initiative has been announced on World Book Day to inspire and encourage people to read every day to boost their mental health and wellbeing.

The national reading moment, called ‘Keep the Heid and Read!’ will take place on Wednesday 11 May, during Mental Health Week 2022.

Readers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to pledge to read for just six minutes on 11 May – and they can read anything, from books and magazines to comics, graphic novels and blogs. Why? Because taking some time for yourself to relax and do things you enjoy is important to help look after your health and wellbeing. It has been scientifically proven that reading for just six minutes a day boosts your mental health by 68%.

An online totaliser to count the overall reading time pledged by the nation has been launched where both individuals and groups such as schools can sign up to get involved at

The reading campaign is led by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and Scotland’s 32 public library services.

Find out more on the website here: and to find out where your nearest North Ayrshire Library is, visit the website here: Find a library (

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