The Nelson Public Library’s brand new anti-bullying kits contain an assortment of books and an exciting board game! Photo: Submitted

The Nelson Public Library’s brand new anti-bullying kits contain an assortment of books and an exciting board game! Photo: Submitted

CHECK THIS OUT: Anti-bullying at the Nelson Library

The library now has kits available for kids and parents

by Avi Silberstein

Nelson Public Library

Some things seem to change from one moment to the next — popular slang, wind direction, what social media platforms kids are on. Our grandparents paid a nickel for an ice-cold soda pop, our parents paid 50 cents, and we’ll pay a $1.50.

Other things stay the same. Dictators hunger for power; music can move us; and trees grow tall when they have room to do so. And one more: there have always been bullies.

Like many children, I was bullied. It started when I was young, and went right up through to high school. Call it wishful thinking, but I’d like to think that these days there is far more vigilance and action taken to prevent bullying than when I was a child.

Here at the library, we’re happy to join in the fight against bullying by launching our brand-new anti-bullying kits. Like our anti-racism kits (which have been so popular you have to get on a waitlist to borrow one) these will contain an assortment of books on bullying, in addition to a fun board game and lots of information for parents. The kit has been put together to help parents who fear their children are being bullied — as well as those parents who fear their children might be bullies, or even bystanders.

The books that are included in the kit have been selected to appeal to a variety of ages — from picture books for the youngest, all the way up to chapter books for tweens. We also have included two books to help parents: The Bully, the Bullied, and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander (Barbara Coloroso) and Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear (Carrie Goldman).

Although this anti-bullying kit is specifically aimed at families, we know it’s not just children who bully each other. Adults bully each other, especially at work and on social media. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Facebook post or Twitter thread that doesn’t contain some foray into bullying.

Want to see it get really bad? Wade into any social media content that is political. Or better yet, any content that’s related to a certain global pandemic.

For those adults who wish to curb their bullying tendencies, we offer you a simple cure: read more fiction! That’s right — studies have shown that reading fiction increases people’s empathy and compassion. It’s not a cure-all, but every little bit helps.

In these difficult times, it is more important than ever that we all show kindness to each other. Whether it be in person or online, whether you’re an adult or a child, we all need to treat each other compassionately.

When I was bullied as a child, I sought refuge in the safest place I could think of: the school library. Now, I’m happy to be a part of a library that wants to do its part to help fight against bullying in our community.

Avi Silberstein is the Children’s Librarian at the Nelson Public Library. Check This Out runs every other week. If you’re interested in learning more about library programs and services, sign up for our monthly newsletter on our website or by giving us a call.

Just Posted

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into a Castlegar incident. File photo
Police watchdog investigating Castlegar incident

IIO: Woman sustained a reportedly self-inflicted injury

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

South Slocan’s Ti Loran is among the recipients of this year’s Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship. Photo: Submitted
Neil Muth Memorial Scholarships awarded to 4 students

Students in Creston, South Slocan and Revelstoke are sharing the honour

A wildfire near Cottonwood Lake was put out by Nelson firefighters Sunday night. Photo: Submitted
Wildfire extinguished near Cottonwood Lake

Lightning-caused fire was near one of Nelson’s water sources

West Kootenay Regional Airport. Photo: Betsy Kline
Central Mountain Air leaving Castlegar airport in July

The airline says market can’t handle two airlines

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

Most Read