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Every three months, we invite a member of the public to serve a three-month term volunteering as our Guest Librarian. Engaged, connected, and committed to community, our Guest Librarians will bring fresh ideas to us, and act as library ambassadors in their neighbourhoods.
Hi, I’m Robin Mazumder. I’ll be your Guest Librarian over the winter months! I am currently a PhD candidate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo.
Before I started my PhD, I worked as an occupational therapist in community mental health. I also taught university courses in mental health and I even ran a start-up accelerator for a while too. I am also very interested in cities and community building. My work as an occupational therapist and my passion for cities inform my current research where I am examining the relationship between urban design and mental health. I think there is still a lot to learn when it comes to understanding how living in a city influences the way we feel.
During my time as Guest Librarian, I’ll be focusing on the topic of healthy cities. In January, I’ll be hosting a panel discussion involving experts in the field.
I regularly write about issues of urban design and cities on my blog: robinmazumder.com.
Our new #Lightbrary initiative, brought to us by Robin Mazumder, provides light therapy lamps to all Kitchener Public Library locations.
A light therapy lamp emits intense levels of light similar to sunshine. The lamps are one form of treatment that has proven successful in helping people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
The Lightbrary project is inspired by my own experiences with seasonal affective disorder. After researching light therapy lamps for my own use, I found that they were quite expensive. Lightbrary is intended to make light therapy accessible to anyone who needs it, and also to facilitate a conversation on mental health and healthy cities. Robin Mazumder, KPL Guest Librarian
Light therapy lamps are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be used for 30 minutes per day.
Have you used the light therapy lamps at the library? Let us know what you think!
These are just a few of Robin's favourite reads, all available at Kitchener Public Library.