Say Boo to Bullying!

Francis A. Gregory Library

Say Boo to Bullying!

October is Bullying Prevention Month

October is typically a month where you will find the library filled with ghosts and ghouls and goblins. This year is no exception in the Teen Space, where teens are working hard preparing for their Haunted Halloween Party on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. (ages 8 and older!). Scary books will be read, games will be played, and candy is sure to be plentiful! 

October is also National Bullying Prevention Montha month where people all over the country participate in activities and conversations on the topic of bullying. Here in the Teen Space, we will talk about bullying and what it means to us at school and in the library too, during our Teen Advisory Group meetings on Thursday nights.  If you can't make a meeting (or you aren't a teen), pick out some materials from the display of bullying-related books in the Teen Space!

Here is a list of some staff favorites - books and films with characters who have struggled to overcome bullying or who are coming to terms with why they are acting like a bully themselves. 

Speak by Laurie AndersonSpeak
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Playground Book CoverPlayground  
by 50 Cent

Everybody Sees the Ants Book CoverEverybody Sees the Ants
by A.S. King

Boxers by Gene Yang
Boxers
by Gene Yang
Yaqui Delgado Book Cover

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
by Meg Medina

The Outsiders Book CoverThe Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton
Bully
Bully
a documentary film

It Gets Better Book CoverIt Gets Better:
Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating
a Life Worth Living

by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

Though the federal government shutdown is still happening at the time of this post, kids, parents and educators can still use the comprehensive resources made available at http://stopbullying.gov.

Common Sense Media also has great free curriculum for topics like cyberbullying at all ages!