Sparwood Library hopes to light up the winter blues

High intensity natural spectrum light purchased by library to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Sparwood Library has purchased a high intensity natural spectrum light for the public to use in order to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.).

The winter season is often marked by lethargic or depressed feelings, often due to a lack of sun, resulting in the S.A.D. syndrome.

Light therapy is often used for those suffering from S.A.D. to mimic the sun’s light during the dark winter days.

According to Head Librarian Jim Bertoia, the idea to bring the light into the library was inspired by the Edmonton Public Library who did the same thing last winter.

“These lights can be expensive for people to purchase, and by using it at the library, a person can try it out to see if it works for them,” explained Bertoia.

The light will be set up at a study desk and will be free for the public to use.