As a new parent and a children’s librarian, I’m often wondering what are some ways we can support vulnerable families (and people). It feels like cognitive dissonance to read the news and then be in my happy Children’s Room, or home with my baby (obviously, I know this is important, too).
Lisa Nowlain is a librarian in rural California.
Andrea Vaughn Johnson
Yes, I’m struggling with exactly this in recent weeks. Becoming a parent can make us highly sensitive to the suffering of other parents and children. I’m inspired by what Niles PL here in Illinois is offering, Growing Neighbors, a program inspired by Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood: https://storytiming.com/category/mister-rogers-neighborhood/
Great post, and one that made me reflect on the importance of growing and nurturing empathy in our future generations.