Book lists, websites, activities and other online resources that can help you maintain your health and wellbeing.
Symptom-free self-testing kits
All our libraries in Norfolk stock self-test kits. You can collect one box (which contains 7 tests) per person. The test kits are free. They come with instructions that tell you what to do. You don't need to book to collect a test - just turn up. Remember to check library opening hours before you visit.
Digital Health Hub Zoom Sessions
Are you fed up of waiting on the phone to speak to your GP surgery?
Library staff can help you, or someone you care for to sign up for your GP’s online services in a simple, free, one-to-one session on Zoom. We can even help you get started with Zoom!
To book a place, please email our Digital Health Hub at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Just a Cuppa
Are you missing your local library? Would you like to connect with other people during the morning?
We're running Just a cuppa chats on Zoom at 10.30-11.15am every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday (excluding bank holidays). You're welcome to join whenever it suits you.
- On Mondays we'll be chatting about books
- On Wednesdays we'll often be joined by a guest speaker
To take part, please email email@example.com stating which days you’d like to join and you’ll be sent your personal invite.
If you’re unsure about using Zoom, you can call 01603 774777 and library staff will help get you started.
Just a cuppa for new parents
We have some special Just a Cuppa sessions for new parents, giving you the opportunity to meet other parents and learn about local groups. Sessions run every week, and some weeks we'll have special guests as well.
Just a Cuppa: Babies and Toddlers
11am every Tuesday on Zoom
Just a Cuppa: Bumps and Babies
11am every Thursday on Zoom
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
Read my mind
Read my mind is a library project which encourages men who are either experiencing depression or low mood levels, to take part in social reading activities.
Visit Read my mind to find out more.
Reading for wellbeing
As part of the Read my mind project, we’ve been hosting a series of online sessions called Read my mind-Reading for wellbeing.
These are relaxed social events to chat about reading for wellbeing and share book recommendations. There is also an opportunity for you to read aloud an excerpt from a book but this is purely voluntary, you can sit back and listen if you prefer. The sessions are for men aged 18+.
Reading for Wellbeing sessions take place fortnightly over Zoom on Thursday’s at 7pm.
The next sessions will take place on Thursday 20 May, Thursday 3 June and Thursday 17 June.
Find out more by joining our Read My Mind Facebook group.
To book your free place, please email email@example.com and we’ll send you a personal Zoom invite.
Come Singing at Home
We’ve really missed our regular “Come Singing” sessions with Heather at The Millennium Library. If you are missing them too then you will be delighted that Heather has filmed “Come Singing” for us to share with you. It’s almost as good as seeing Heather and the Come Singing team in person but the best part is that you can watch the videos via YouTube whenever you like and as many times as you like. Plus we won’t run out of chairs or songbooks! Watch the video on our YouTube channel Music is a gift beyond words but for people living with dementia it can also be a vital lifeline to happiness – Heather Edwards
Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books provide information and support for managing common health conditions and dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.
There are currently 5 Reading Well lists for adults, young people and children. Many of the books are also available as eBooks and eAudio books.
Information about the lists is available on our Reading Well page.
Find out more about how Reading Well can be useful during this time on the Reading Well website.
Reading Well Mood-boosting books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. Find out more information on the Reading Agency website.
Healthy Libraries catalogue
Visit our Healthy Libraries Catalogue where you will find health and wellbeing themed eBook collections. In the discover more section, you'll find all 5 of the Reading Well booklists and a Mood-boosting booklist. All of these booklists contain eBook and eAudio titles which can be downloaded from the Library.
Online Reminiscence Resources
Missing our library reminiscence kits?
Take a look at a video we've put together, which talks through useful online resources to keep you sharing memories. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.
Healthy Libraries Connect
Our Digital Health Hub helps people to find reliable health and wellbeing information online. We’re creating a series of videos, which include: