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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Trauma-Informed Care

It's hard to find a photo to go with this topic. Snuggling cats just make me feel better.

Many of us have learned about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how the toxic stress encountered in childhood can affect people mentally and physically for the rest of their lives.  There are definitely roles for librarians as part of communities to help build resilience.  And there are some great evidence-based resources about how to work with people who have experienced trauma.  Check out this article about a school that inspired a whole community in Washington to shift the way they work with teens who have experienced trauma.  It made me want to learn more!  Watch for more information as I learn more and feel compelled to share.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Helping Guide Teens (and others!) to Difficult Topics

tough topics poster example
From the Loveland Public Library
We all know that it can be challenging to ask for help about sensitive issues, especially for teens.  The zit on their forehead feels and like a strobe light to them, and calling extra attention to it by asking for books or resources about acne might be out of the question.  Now imagine if the issue was even more sensitive--anything related to sex or sexuality, mental health, family troubles, substance abuse, assault...

So how can we help make sure teens (and others) can find the things in our collection that they are looking for, that might act as a life-raft in a sea of confusion or anxiety?  I found some way-finder examples on Tough Topics for Teens.  One from the Loveland Public Library, one from the One for the Books blog.  Both have generously made theirs available to libraries to download and use.  You might need to adapt to fit your collection a bit.  Let me know if you need help!