Sunday, December 16, 2012

Coping with Tragedy and Giving Back

(Updated, 19 December 2012)

This post is a departure from the interviews that you will normally find here, but like many of you, the events in Newtown, Connecticut are much on my mind. 

Rather than offer my opinions, which won't fix anything, I have collated some resources that may help the young people with whom you work cope with the confusing, horrifying events there. 

Additionally, you'll find links to some sites that are providing financial and other material support to the Newtown community. 

If you know of other helpful resources, please feel free to add them in the comments section.

In great and loving thanks for all of the teachers, librarians, parents, and children I have known 


Coping Resources

Giving Resources
The Newtown School Board is requesting that all donations be directed to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund in care of the United Way at the above URL. Checks can be mailed to: 

SandyHook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main St
Newtown, CT 06470


  1. The Fred Rogers Company also has some great advice about talking with young people about frightening events in the news.

  2. Thanks for sharing this resource, Tad.

  3. My friend's sister, who is a teen librarian and author, put together this list of books about coping with grief and loss: Books for Dealing With Grief and Loss

  4. Thank you, Carrie, for linking this useful resource.

  5. List any books that you think children, teens, and tweens may like to discuss with their librarian or need information about.
    Read Twilight. LOL, anymore?

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