Light therapy program at Commerce Township Community Library helps combat seasonal depression

The Commerce Township Community Library will soon be the first library in the county to offer a light therapy program that aims to combat seasonal depression.

Cherie Edmonds, adult services librarian, said the LIGHTbrary program features a bright light lamp that mimics natural sunlight to help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that surfaces in the winter.

The library, 180 E. Commerce Road, will be holding an event to introduce the program to the community and talk about other activities designed to help you relax, reduce stress and leave the library in a better mood. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Dodge Room.

Anyone can come into the library to use the lamp, made by NorthernLight Technologies, while sitting to read or study. You don’t need to make an appointment.


Edmonds read, in an April 2017 article, about the program being offered at libraries in Canada and thought it would benefit residents of Commerce Township as well.

“The response from those communities was very good, so after doing more research and contacting the occupational therapist mentioned in the article, I thought it would be a good service to offer our own community,” said Edmonds.

At this time there is only one lamp, which can be used by two people at a time sitting 16 to 20 inches away.

Edmonds said if the library experiences high demand for its use, she may look into investing in another one. The $230 lamps are offered at discounts to libraries for $150.

“Several librarians have heard of my efforts to do this program, and they have contacted me for more information,’ said Edmonds.

For further information visit, or ask for an informational handout at the Adult Reference Desk inside the library.

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