Libraries everywhere have responded to the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut a few weeks ago. From providing materials to help kids cope with questions about such tragedies to collecting donations, books, and crafts for the staff and students of Sandy Hook, the library world is working to honor the victims and to support healing. Below is a very short list of what is being done.
The Danbury Connecticut Library has posted online resources from the Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network to help parents/guardians and their kids talk about violence.
The State of Delaware’s Division of Libraries’ blog has posted a LibGuide on how to help kids cope with the events that took place that day.
Other libraries are donating money. The Friends of the Weymouth Public Libraries in Massachusetts has donated money to the Books Heal Hearts fund. The fund was established by the local Cyrenius H. Booth Library and “is a special project for healing that will make materials available for use in our library, our schools, and throughout our community, wherever there is a need and whatever that need may be. This will be an ongoing effort by the library to meet the immediate and future needs of our community,” according to the BHH Fund’s page on the library’s site. The Booth Library has also posted information on family and grief counseling services (including a crisis hotline) on its homepage.
The Camden County Library (New Jersey) has posted community resources for having conversations with kids about the tragedy on its site.
The School Library Journal has posted a list of books for helping kids cope with tragedy.
Libraries such as the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library and the Gardiner Public Library are participating in the Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Project, in partnership with the National Council of PTAs and the Connecticut PTSA. The paper snowflakes, created by staff and patrons, will be sent to the Sandy Hook PTA.