Books as Comfort after Tragedy Print

Jacket cover of Kenneth Grahame's This Shelf Awareness article about turning to books for comfort in the face of tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting really struck a chord with me.  Sometimes we forget, when reading mostly for pleasure and entertainment, the power that books have to teach, transform, heal, comfort and inspire.  Pulling out The Wind in the Willows or Winnie the Pooh to evoke happy places can be a respite when the harsh realities of our world seem too much to bear.  The Tale of Despereaux and Bridge to Terabithia are two recommended children's books that help combat fear and process loss from a safe distance.  For other suggestions, check out Jennifer Brown's excellent Shelf Awareness article.  It's a good reminder about the power of reading - and we have bibliotherapists (reading advisors) at all of our branches who are trained to help you!