The COVID-19 pandemic years have made it necessary for us all to undertake home isolation, and social distancing, which has caused general disruption. For many this has increased anxiety and unearthed unknown mental health conditions. It is therefore important to develop coping strategies.
Puzzling is an ideal tool that can assist public and school libraries to reach out to their patrons to help facilitate health and wellbeing activities and foster mental resilience and fitness.
Establishing a library puzzle group is a great way to help patrons stay connected. Puzzlers can enjoy solving puzzles together and bring their own knowledge to the table. They will also learn and interact with others and make new friends.
Solving puzzles is really is the ideal COVID-safe activity. As puzzlers we all have something in common. We are all struggling to come to terms with this new world we find ourselves in, at the same time, have an inbuilt hankering to increase our knowledge. Solving a puzzle is a form of escapism. It allows us to leave our worries; even if it is only for a short while. A puzzle is a problem we really can solve, and doing it with others, it’s even better.
Reach out to patrons with a library puzzle club
The Clue Detective’s Puzzling for Mental Health Initiative encourages public libraries to establish a puzzle club and promote it to their various community stakeholders who wish to solve puzzles can engage inhouse or remotely.
- The library’s patron population at large – anyone with a library card can access puzzles.
- Face to face puzzle clubs
- ‘Zoom puzzle clubs’ with patrons accessing the puzzle subscription remotely.
The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency is a proud mental health advocate. They have been promoting the benefits of puzzling for mental health for 20 years.
Find out how the Clue Detective’s Solving Puzzles for Mental Health Initiative can assist your library and its community