Thursday, October 11, 2018

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and today is World Mental Health Day. In this video, young adult author John Green discusses global human health, mental illness, and how metrics like Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) can help us understand how severely mental illness affects human health around the world. Visit for more info.

Fiction titles in the library's children's collection dealing with mental health issues include:

Where the Watermelons Grow
By Cindy Baldwin
Twelve-year-old Della Kelly of Maryville, North Carolina, tries to come to terms with her mother's mental illness while her father struggles to save the farm from a record-breaking drought.

by Wesley King
A thirteen-year-old boy's life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything

Vincent can't sleep : Van Gogh paints the night sky
By Barb Rosenstock
Describes how Van Gogh's insomnia, possibly a symptom of mental or phyical illness, allowed him to view the night sky while everyone else was asleep and influenced how he saw the world around him.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Merrick Library has recently updated its board book collection. Come in and check out our new titles!  It's never too early to start reading to your baby.  Reading Rockets, a national multimedia literacy initiative, recommends, among other tips, choosing baby-friendly books. Bright colors or high contrast illustrations are easier for young babies to see; board books are also easier for babies to handle (not to mention more durable!).  

For the full article on early literacy tips for you and your baby:

And don't forget to join us for the library's baby storytime: 
Shake Rattle and Roll! (0-17 months)
Fridays, October 5th & 12th from 10:30 to 11:00