September 12, 2017
While it would be nice to think we live in a perfect world, everyone experiences hard times, regardless of where you live. Whether your community is in the midst of tragedy or witnessing from afar, we want our libraries to serve as safe, welcoming spaces where people can come to find the information, comfort, and hope they need.
One way libraries can serve is by creating displays or booklists featuring books in which characters are called upon to show grit, resilience, and determination through tough times. This can be especially true in the children's section for parents seeking ways to discuss tough times with their kids in a way that is honest but ultimately hopeful.
Try searching for Resilience as in the gif below, then narrowing down to fiction or nonfiction for ages 0-8. Books like these can provide a good starting point for both parents and librarians looking for a wide variety of approaches.
Other good search terms are AP Inspiring for books with “an inspirational, enlightening, or uplifting quality, which may or may not be religious in nature” and AP Moving for “emotionally resonant books that make readers feel invested in both the characters and the story.” We also have Recommended Reads Lists for young children based on feelings, including “I feel…Scared,” and a list to help parents talk to their children about death. You’ll find these lists on the left side of the home screen in NoveList.
Need handouts or display flyers for your library? We’ve made two downloadable flyers for you to use that include these books. LibraryAware customers can customize these flyers for their community needs. Search “Flyer-Books” for “resilience.”
Your library patrons will appreciate knowing that the library is more than just a "place to get books." Through displays and book lists that highlight and reflect on what is happening in the world, we demonstrate that we both know and care about patrons’ lives outside the library walls.
Lindsey Dunn is an Editor/Bibliographer at NoveList. She's a kidlit expert and creates resources for all the librarians out there grappling with keeping up with what books kids are reading. Want to hear more from her? Sign up for Lindsey's Book Squad email updates.