Steve chats with Megan Emery, Kirsten Cappy, and Bonnie Thomas about the Healing Library, a project to assist families with healing in a healthy way while teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children.
Megan Emery, MLIS, is an Experience Designer & Coordinator for the Chattanooga Public Library. She has worked at library innovation for 3 public libraries in 3 different states for over 10 years. She is the author of Cooking Up Program Teens and Tweens Will Love: Recipes for Success, and she believes in the power of respecting the old while enthusiastically attempting the new, committing to user based design, and in petting puppies whenever you see them.
Kirsten Cappy is the owner of Curious City, a small company dedicated to creating discovery for children’s literature. Curious City creates story hour kits, book scavenger games, discussion and book club guides, videos, book giveaways, and other tools to engage young readers in the written word through play, conversation, and social action. These tools, created in partnership with authors, illustrators and publishers, are available free to librarians, educators, and literacy organizations at CuriousCityDPW.com.
Bonnie Thomas is the author of Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities (2009); Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft, and Journaling (2010); How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors and Connected to Nature: 200+ Activities to Encourage Self Esteem, Mindfulness, and Wellbeing (2014); More Creative Coping Skills for Children: Activities, Games, Stories, and Handouts to Help Children Self Regulate (2016); and Toxins and Antidotes : A Therapeutic Card Deck (2017). Bonnie counsels youth ages 3-17 at her private practice business Indigo North Counseling, LLC in Southern Maine.