"A library is a hospital for the mind." - Anonymous
Maybe you're going through a tough time, but there is something about the book you're reading that is resonating with your feelings. Or, maybe you're remembering the emotional comfort that a book you've read in the past evoked and you want to go back there, so you pick it up again. Some books are worthy of writing notes in the margins to jot down thoughts and revelations (although, we don't recommend this with library books—your own copy is fine).
The American Library Association defines bibliotherapy as "the use of selected reading materials as therapeutic adjuvants in medicine and psychiatry; also, guidance in the solution of personal problems through directed reading" (AHIL Quarterly, Summer 1966, p. 18.). Bibliotherapy (or book therapy) is real and, whether you speak to a professional or practice your own book therapy, it can be essential to mental health. The following is a list of books that our staff found helpful and we hope that they are meaningful to you as well. Share with us the books that made an impact on your own life by filling out the form at the end of this blog. We'd love to hear from you!
Mental health is health. These titles were there for us during hard times.
What book saved your life? Tell us using the form below.