The Literacy Network of Durham Region is proud to support the bibliotherapy model in Durham Region.  Bibliotherapy uses literature to spark discussion, conversation and reflection in small groups in order to strengthen community connections and personal resilience.  Each group is led by a facilitator who reads poems, prose and other versions of the written word and participants then share their thoughts, feelings and interpretations of the material.  Bibliotherapy is taking place in libraries and agencies across Durham Region – please see below for upcoming dates and registration.

For more information on joining a bibliotherapy group or to discuss using the model in your agency please contact Jennine Agnew-Kata at

Bibliotherapy – Online Programming is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Durham Community Foundation.

Upcoming Sessions

Virtual Bibliotherapy in Partnership with Oshawa Public Library and Pickering Public Library 

Mondays at 11 a.m. from September 14 to October 26 – Note: no program on October 12

September 14 – Happiness
September 21 – Self Care
September 28 – Nature
October 5 – Gratitude
October 19 – Diversity
October 26 – Family

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Virtual Bibliotherapy in Partnership with Pickering Public Library

Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. from September 15 until October 20 – Note: no programs on October 13

Sept 15 – Friendships – focus on combating social isolation
Sept 22 – Social Justice – amplifying others voices
Sept 29 – Aging – positives of aging
Oct 6 – Communities – focus on library month
Oct 20 – Resilience – changes with COVID
Oct 27 – Memories – focusing on happy memories with loved ones

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