"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." - Charles William Eliot
As a mentor, your guidance, stability and often times just your listening ear provides comfort to your mentee in their times of hardship. Your time shared is a source of support throughout the week, but where can your student turn when you or another inspiring adult is not available? In times of stress, whether it be school related, stemming from problems at home, or just internal anxiety, a book can be the perfect, calming, friend.
Karen MacPherson, children and teen services coordinator for the Takoma Park Library, created a list of books to help instill hope in youth and nurture the call to spread that hope throughout their peers during times of trouble. For young readers, MacPherson focuses her recommended reads on kindness, peace and feeling proud of who you are as an individual. Reinforcing these character traits is important for all students, regardless of age or background, but especially vital to those youth who do not have much support in their lives. For teen students, MacPherson seeks out books focusing on diversity and children overcoming overwhelming odds to make a difference in the world.
Click to view the entire article here, 19 Books to Help Children find Hope and Strength in Stressful Times: A Librarian's List.
"Mentoring means being there for support, encouragement and some days just to listen." - Patty Stemple
self-All of our mentors makes a world of difference in the lives of their mentees every single day. This month, we celebrate the compassion and true dedication to youth mentoring of Patty Stemple- a Lunch Buddy volunteer at St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science.
Patty and her mentee have been matched for going on three years. Over their time together her mentee has come out of her shell, gaining confidence in her social and academic skills.
“I enjoy seeing her master new skills. We have been working on her
multiplication tables using flash cards. She requests to do them every
week, and is now ready to move on to mastering division.” – Patty
Patty hopes her mentee continues to gain confidence that she can do anything she puts her mind to. We are so grateful for all our mentors, like Patty, who instill this self-assurance in their mentee each week.
1. As Spring weather rolls in to the Lowcountry early this year, rain clouds can be expected any minute. Inclement weather often make it hard for students to get outside and play during and after school, making it hard to be productive during the other parts of the day.
Use your time with your mentee this week to learn new, fun (math based!!) domino games that can be played with a partner or by oneself! These games are a perfect after school activity that will keep the student engaged and beat the rainy day boredom!
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