8 - 14 October 2018

This year the focus is on nature and its positive effect on wellbeing. Mā te taiao kia whakapakari tōu oranga.

The weather is warming, Spring is here, it is the time to go outside, breathe in fresh air, feast your eyes on the green, and walk in the natural world. Your library has some wonderful books on the benefits of nature. Try these:

Beloved by Emma Farry is a compassionate and touching little book giving thanks to the world. Emma was born and raised in Dunedin.

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery. The author asks why do cities make us miserable? He has some practical and thought-provoking solutions.

How To Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott Sampson. Research shows that abundant time in nature seems to yield long-term benefits in kids' cognitive, emotional, and social development.  A must for all parents, caregivers and teachers.

Nature Cure by Richard Mabey is a beautiful and inspirational book about the healing power of nature.

The Fish Ladder by Katharine Norbury is a life-affirming exploration of the majesty of the natural world.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative by Florence Williams. This book uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Bailey is an observation of the slow world of a snail and a transforming account of being alive.

Don't forget that Dunedin Public Libraries belongs to the Books on Prescription scheme. Your library has many books, sound recordings and ebooks in their collections that have been recommended and reviewed by health professionals. For more information go to Books on Prescription New Zealand.