LIBRARIES across North Yorkshire – including South Craven Community Library at Cross Hills – are offering a new collection of books designed to support children with their mental health and wellbeing.

The Reading Well for Children scheme has been developed by Libraries Connected and the Reading Agency, with funding from Arts Council England.

Books have been chosen – in collaboration with health partners, children and their families – to provide advice and support for coping with feelings.

Health professionals will be able to recommend titles on the list to families.

All libraries have either the full collection of books, or a selection, available. Reservations are free.

County Councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “North Yorkshire libraries have embraced the Reading Well books on prescription scheme for some years, already focusing on mental health, dementia and issues facing young people.

“This latest collection adds another strand to the support that people can find at their library.

“And it again showcases the important role libraries play in maintaining the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.”