What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

The library has new resources for families coping with the opioid and heroin epidemic, and the changes that often accompany these issues. Our community and so many others struggle to find answers and support. Well-written, authoritative, and supportive nonfiction books on the topic share coping strategies and can provide much-needed validation.

You will find the following titles at Carnegie Public Library, and many more through our library consortium. “Addict in the House: A No-Nonsense Family Guide Through Addiction and Recovery” by Robin Barnett is, according to Publisher’s Weekly, “…a straightforward, rich resource for anyone who lives with, and loves, an addict.” Published by New Harbinger Publications, this book aims to help readers understand the causes of addiction, end enabling behaviors, support your loved one’s recovery, and learn how to cope with relapses.

On a wider scale, families managing changes in their household may benefit from guidance as well. “Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents” is a Christian faith-based blueprint written by Allison Bottke. This book is intended for parents coping with adult children whose destructive behaviors make life difficult and painful for their loved ones. “Raising Your Children’s Children: Help for Grandparents Raising Grandkids” by Martha Evans Sparks covers practical matters like custody and adoption and addresses concerns about blame and guilt. According to the author, there are more than six million children in the United States being raised by grandparents. This book offers guidance and support. It is one of several recent books on the topic, including “Grandparents as Parents, Second Edition: A Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family” by Sylvia De Toledo.

Next week! Fans of Harlan Coben unite. The Carnegie Book Club meets Thursday, May 18 at 5 p.m.to discuss Six Years by Harlan Coben. Known for his masterful psychological suspense, Harlan Coben is sure to keep you entertained. Longtime fans and new readers are welcome. Copies are available in large print, regular print, and audiobook near the circulation desk; get yours today! For a full list of dates and titles, stop by the library, or visit our library’s Facebook page or website. Hope you will join us!

In Washington Court House: Join us on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for Preschool Playtime, children 1 – 5 years old. Come out and enjoy some unscripted play! Siblings are welcome too.

Coming up: The Carnegie Youth Garden Club will meet on Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. to plant vegetables and flowers for the fourth season! Get your hands dirty! Open to all students in grades 1-8. The children’s librarians are preparing fun activities for the Summer Reading Program beginning June 1!

In Jeffersonville: Tuesdays at 11 a.m., come, listen to stories, play instruments, create crafts, and socialize with other little friends at Toddler Time. Each week features a new theme!

Coming Up: In Jeffersonville, the “Knitters & Crocheter’s Drop-In” will take place Wednesday, May 31 at 3 p.m. to knit caps for preemies and those with cancer. Socialize and contribute to a good cause!

Information about all of our programs can be found on the library’s website www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540 and the Jeffersonville Library at 740-426-9292. All programs are FREE, unless otherwise noted. Check us out on Facebook; follow us on Twitter!

By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director