Youth and Traumatic Events

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Tragedy and disasters can cause an enormous disturbance in a child or teen's life. As librarians we can help. Here are some resources that can guide you in creating programs, book lists, and to help librarians understand how best to provide services to youth. All resources are a compilation from the YSCON listserv, January 2018


Book Lists

Programs & Activities

  • Youth Services Programming During a Time of Crisis: Youth Services Programming in Crisis Toolkit (PDF) is a printable toolkit designed to help public libraries in times of crisis plan programming that creates a sense of normalcy for youth and teens in times of disaster or upheaval.
  • Capstone Project toolkit designed and written by Jamie Gilmore, Grace Morris, Erica Trotter, and Alexandria Wardrip through the University of Washington's Information School. It was also featured (8/30/17) in The Conversation's article, "Public Libraries can (literally) Serve as a Shelter from the Storm," by Grace Morris, Public Libraries Can Literally Serve as a Shelter from the Storm
  • Scholastic's guide: My Time Book

Social Services & Coping

More Resources

Active Shooter Resources

  • Midwest Collaborative for Library Services Cooperative Directors Association and the Library of Michigan with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. All of the event’s handouts, as well as videos of the presentations can be found here: MCLS Training.
    Your local law enforcement agency should be your first stop for assistance in planning and training for active shooter situations.
  • WebJunction Online Course – Active Shooter Procedure for Libraries
  • Article in Library Journal about Active Shooter Policies session at ALA Annual 2016
  • FEMA.gov One Page handout on Active Shooter Procedures
  • ALA LibGuide on Gun Violence and Libraries Safety and Security for the Library Public
  • Watch the following video from the Michigan State Police and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget for more information on how to create a plan in the event of an active shooter situation.
  • The September 2016 collaborative training program also involved the topic of safety programs. You can find handouts and information from the event online.