Indy Library Offers Resources to Help Children Cope With Tragic Events

December 17, 2012

Parents and caregivers can visit The Indianapolis Public Library for a variety of resources to guide them in helping children cope in the wake of the recent Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.

The Library has created a special web page, "Helping Children Cope With Violence and Tragic Events," which provides links to professional associations and media resources that offer advice on talking to children and reassuring them about their safety. Expert advice is available from the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the National Institute of Health. There are also links to advice from the makers of Sesame Street and Fred Rogers talking about tragic events in the news.

Media resources include The New York Times Parenting Blog Motherlode article, "How Not to Talk With Children About the Sandy Hook Shooting," and the Los Angeles Times article, "Helping Children Cope With Tragedy."

The Indy Library site also lists ways that families can offer tangible help with links to such sites as the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, the Newtown Memorial Fund, and Newtown Youth and Family Services.

The Library suggests one of the best ways to comfort children is to come together and read familiar favorites such as "Curious George," "The Cat in the Hat," and "The Little Engine That Could." Reading together provides an opportunity for children to understand feeling afraid or anxious and answer questions they may have about fear and grief. 

The website lists a number of books available for checkout at any Indy Library location, including parenting books about helping a child cope with anxiety. Librarians at any Library locations are available to assist parents find the appropriate books and resources.

"Helping Children Cope With Violence and Tragic Events" can be accessed from the callout section of the Library's homepage at