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In a Crisis, We Are the Helpers

Post by Jennifer Solomon
Posted December 20, 2012 in

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”― Fred Rogers

Example Kindness CardHow do you respond after a crisis? The tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut have made many people worried, sad, and angry. At the same time, thousands of people are reaching out to both friends and strangers in random acts of kindness. NBC newsperson Anne Curry committed to performing 20 acts of kindness, and quickly her Facebook and Twitter friends agreed to join her and raised the number to 26 to remember the students and teachers. 

For librarians, there are many ways to help your community and show that you understand your patrons’ concerns. You might create a book display with comforting books. You could host a craft program for kids to make decorations and discuss sharing the gifts with others. You can provide lists to local counseling resources and other social services, so that people will know who to call when they need help.

The LibraryAware team created cards (you can find them in the quarter-page flyers section) that you can print out and display in your library. See the example image to the right. There are also bookmarks with the same content and design. You can use our suggested content or write in your own acts of kindness, but whatever you do, show your patrons that you care and you’re here to help.

Download a sample of the Kindness cards (pdf)


Jennifer is the Community Coordinator for LibraryAware. She helps build a supportive community of LibraryAware users.