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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Crisis Text Line

I got this information from a post to PUBYAC, and thought it would be helpful for all of you out there in library land.

The Crisis Text Line is the nation's first free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis. People, nationwide, can text 741741 to be connected with a trained Crisis Counselor. Nancy Lublin's (Founder + CEO) TED talk does a great job of explaining the concept behind it. 

Here are:

-A flyer to post (Natl Texter Flyer)

-Stickers you can print (Sticker 10 per page: to print on Avery 8164 2? x 4? stickers)

What happens when you text the Crisis Text Line?
Crisis Text Line: First, you're in crisis. That doesn't just mean suicide: it's any painful emotion that's getting in your way, for which you need support.

Next, you text us at 741741. Your opening message can say anything: "Hello," "Start," or a description of what you're feeling.

The first responses are automated. They tell you that you're being connected with a Crisis Counselor, and invite you to share a bit more.

When you've reached a Crisis Counselor, they'll introduce themselves, reflect on what you've said, and ask you to share at your own pace.

You'll then text back and forth with the Crisis Counselor. You never have to share anything you don't want to.

The Crisis Counselor will help you sort through your feelings by asking questions, empathizing, and actively listening.

-Our service is completely free, but messaging rates apply if you're NOT on Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile.

-About 90% of the time, it takes less than five minutes to connect you with a Crisis Counselor. It may take longer during busy times. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

There are several Early Childhood Investigations webinars coming up that look great for librarians!  These webinars are geared toward people who work in child care and other early childhood settings, but once in a while one comes along that is especially relevant to those of us who work in libraries.  Today I found five of them!  Maybe you will be interested, too, or maybe you'll find others you want to take.

Explicit and Implicit Biases in Early Childhood Education:  Becoming Aware of Microagressions with Miryam Daha.  Wednesday, April 5, 1-2:30 pm
Using real life examples, examine different types of microagressions and offer suggestions for addressing them, along with practical strategies for more effective and respectful communication.  REGISTER.

Trauma-Informed Early Education Classroom Design:  Designing Child and Family Friendly Spaces for Recovery from Trauma with Ileen Henderson, Wednesday, April 19, 1-2:30 pm.
Learn about the impact of trauma on children, and its effect on learning and child development.  Discover the importance of creating a space within your classroom, organization, office, or lobby that supports children who have been impacted by trauma.  Wow!  I just posted about my desire to learn more about this!  REGISTER.

Becoming an Ally for Children Facing Adversity by Bridging the Relationship  Gap with Sara Langworthy.  May 24, 1-2:30 pm.
Will address approaches for working one-on-one with children who have endured stressful experiences to build resilience and self-regulation skills.  REGISTER.

Using Storytime to Grow Executive Function and Self-Regulation with Mary Kuehner and Laurie Anne Armstrong.  June 21, 1-2:30 pm.
In this interactive webinar, participants will learn what Executive Function is, why it's important to learning and life success, and how it can be developed through shared storytime experiences.  REGISTER.

Social Skills and Autism:  Using Books in Creative Ways to Reach and Teach in Early Education with Mary Jane Weiss and Cheri Meiners.  October 4, 1-2:30.
How do we prepare young learners with autism for the diversity of situations they are likely to encounter?  Using books and stories can engage children and help them prepare for unexpected social encounters.  REGISTER.