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Kindness in Libraries

Kindness in Libraries 24 - 31 May 2021

West Lothian Libraries Kindness in Libraries project was part of the Carnegie UK Trust - Creating Space for Kindness Initiative (opens new window) where Public libraries across Scotland were invited to participate in a conversation about kindness. Creating Space for Kindness aims to build on public libraries' existing strengths, and explore whether the themes of welcoming places, informal opportunities and questioning values can enhance libraries' contribution to kinder communities and wellbeing.


Kindness tree

West Lothian's Kindness in Libraries incentive was launched during Kindness Week 24-30 May 2021 when we installed 'Kindness Trees' in every West Lothian library and all library visitors are encouraged to write a kind thought on a tag and place it on our 'Kindness Trees' for others to read and share.  So the next time you visit your local library, write a kindness tag please, you never know, your kind thought might be just what someone needs to turn their frown upside down!

West Lothian's Kindness is Libraries aims are; to ensure that our libraries are safe, inclusive and nurturing spaces, where people can relax and escape the stress and anxieties of the outside world.  



Kindness in Libraries Bookmark
Kindness in Libraries Bookmark 2

Our lovely new Kindness in libraries bookmarks, designed by Lisa Battle, Customer Service Assistant at Almondbank library, containing useful contacts and helpline information, will be available FREE from your local library.  



View the Carnegie UK Trust -  Creating Space for Kindness report here (opens new window)


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  • Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87

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