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13 Reasons Why Resource Library

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Adults | Teens | Health

On May 31st we held an open forum for teens, parents, caregivers and educators on the topic of suicide and 13 Reasons Why. Experts from NAMI Maine, SARSSM, YAAPP, and others were on hand to discuss the Netflix series and the YA novel it is based on. The story revolves around a 17 year old girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. She leaves behind audio recordings to 13 people she perceives as playing a role in her suicide.

Due to the realistic and graphic depictions presented, we wanted to create a resource library for parents, teens, caregivers, and educators to refer to. We will update this list as needed.

Local help and resources:

NAMI Maine (National Alliance on Mental Health)

Sexual Assault Response Service of Southern Maine (SARSSM)

Young Adult Abuse Prevention Program (YAAPP)

Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Portland Defending Childhood

Portland Public Library print resources

Portland Public Library teen resources

National help and resources:

A Counselor’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (Crisis Text Line), 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “START” to 741741

Center for Disease Control Suicide Datasheet

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

NASP Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents & Educators

SAMHSA Prevention Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools

Suicide Prevention Resource Center, After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Futures Without Violence

Coalition to Support Grieving Students

Foundation for the Advancement of Alcohol Responsibility

The National Center for Victims of Crime

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The Trevor Project (A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.)

Resources specific to 13 Reasons Why:

National Association of School Psychologists: “’13 Reasons Why’ Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators

Child Mind Institute: “Why Talk to Kids About ’13 Reasons Why.'”

The Jed Foundation and SAVE: “13 Reasons Why: Talking Points for Viewing & Discussing the Netflix Series

NAMI: “13 Reasons Why” Hurts Vulnerable Teens

American Psychiatric Association: 13 Mental Health Questions about 13 Reasons Why

Teen Librarian Toolbox: “Thinking About 13 Reasons Why–Teens, Mental Health, and Media”



Montgomery’s View: Balderdash!

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Kids & Families

BALDERDASH!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books

written by Michelle Markel

illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

published by Chronicle Books

John Newbery was the pioneer of children’s books and this picture book biography revels in the birth of these books. The reader is told on page one that if they lived in 1726 there were books about adventure and travel and shipwrecks and pirates and monsters – but all of them were for adults.  Once John Newbery became a printer and a publisher, he saw a niche and aimed to fill it.  He felt that “Reading should be a treat for children” (as a philosopher had said.) Children should be offered more to read than moralistic, preachy tales and religious texts.

Businessman that he was, John Newbery created A LITTLE PRETTY POCKET-BOOK (and offered it for sale with a ball or a pincushion – a merchandising deal.)  These creations were illustrated and not as dry as the books forced upon children.  Thus began, in a very small way the creation of children’s literature.

But hopefully the reader will not be confused by the fact that these were not the children’s books of today – they were the first toe in the water.  By today’s standards they are dry and preachy – but by 1726 standards they were a treat.  Also, the reader might get the wrong impression from the illustrations – everyone was not literate nor could they all afford to purchase books.  Quibbles aside – this is a fine celebration of John Newbery and the small revolution he started.

The American Library Association established an annual award to honor “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” in 1922 and named it after John Newbery.  Next month, at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Chicago the 2017 Newbery Award will be presented to Kelly Regan Barnhill for THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON.  

There are brief notes and a bibiography at the end.

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