The Boston Public Library Has Purchased More Than 2,400 Books on Grieving and Anxiety to Help Adults and Children Cope With the Trauma and Loss After the Marathon Bombings

At a budget hearing before the Boston City Council earlier this month, BPL president Amy Ryan told the councilors that the library purchased more than 2,000 books on coping with anxiety, grieving and loss after the Marathon bombings. In addition, even though the main library at Copley Square was forced to close for a week due to its close proximity to the bombing site, all the 25 branches were open the next day. "They were crowded," reported Ryan. "People were busy checking in with one another. Libraries are community spaces." According to Catherine Willis, Chief of Technical and Digital Services at the BPL, a total of 2,410 books were ordered on the subject of loss and anxiety. The cost for the books would have been more than $30,000 but the vendor gave the BPL a 'sizeable' discount to bring the final amount down to around $15,000. The books have begun to arrive at libraries throughout the system, including the South End Library.

South End Library's children's librarian Margaret Gardner collected several links for library patrons, including:

1. Tips for parents and teachers on how to deal with children's fear of war and terrorism from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

2. Talking to children about violence, also by NASP

3. Talking with kids about news, sponsored by PBS Parents

4. Times of Grief and Sadnessa list of 19 books for children from the BPL web site's Boston PL Kids Lists.

Gardner told FOSEL that kids and teens who have been at the South End branch since the bombings have expressed themselves through art, which she plans to continue to do. Two teens created  "the dove of peace" in the front window facing Tremont Street the first week after the bombing, and another teen artist made the two doves of peace by the circulation counter, with hand prints and words from younger children.

Below is the full list of the BPL's books that are, or will soon be arriving at a library near you, and the number of copies available.


Aikman, Becky. Saturday night widows : the adventures of six friends remaking their lives 7 Adult
Albano, Anne Marie. You and your anxious child : free your child from fears and worries and create a joyful family life 5 Adult
Amend, Allison. A nearly perfect copy : a novel 11 Adult
Askew, Rilla. Kind of kin 12 Adult
Backhaus, Jeff. Hikikomori and the rental sister : a novel 12 Adult
Bacon, Armen. Griefland : an intimate portrait of love, loss, and unlikely friendship 8 Adult
Bateman, Tracey Victoria. The widow of Saunders Creek : a novel 5 Adult
Baudrillard, Jean The Spirit of Terrorism : And Other Essays 5 Adult
Beattie, Melody. The grief club : the secret to getting through all kinds of change 5 Adult
Bedford, Lisa. Survival mom : how to prepare your family for everyday disasters and worst-case scenarios 6 Adult
Berger, Susan A. The five ways we grieve : finding your personal path to healing after the loss of a loved one 3 Adult
Bessette, Alicia. A pinch of love 5 Adult
Bien, Thomas. The Buddha's Way of Happiness : healing sorrow, transforming negative emotion & finding well-being in the present moment 2 Adult
Blaustein, Margaret. Treating traumatic stress in children and adolescents : how to foster resilience through attachment, self-regulation, and competency 2 Adult
Brach, Tara. True refuge : finding peace and freedom in your own awakened heart 11 Adult
Brantley, Jeffrey. Calming your anxious mind : how mindfulness & compassion can free you from anxiety, fear, & panic 9 Adult
Brown, Erica, 1966- Happier endings : overcoming the fear of death 14 Adult
Bstan-Êdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935- The wisdom of compassion : stories of remarkable encounters and timeless insights 13 Adult
Burns, Donna M. When kids are grieving : addressing grief and loss in school 2 Adult
Chansky, Tamar Ellsas. Freeing your child from anxiety : powerful, practical strategies to overcome your child's fears, phobias, and worries 7 Adult
Chödrön, Pema. Comfortable with uncertainty : 108 teachings on cultivating fearlessness and compassion 3 Adult
Chödrön, Pema. The places that scare you : a guide to fearlessness in difficult times 5 Adult
Chödrön, Pema. When things fall apart : heart advice for difficult times 13 Adult
Chopra, Deepak. God : a story of Revelation 17 Adult
Cloyed, Deborah. The summer we came to life 11 Adult
Coetzee, J. M., 1940- Slow man 7 Adult
Cohen, Judith A. Treating trauma and traumatic grief in children and adolescents / A Clinician's Guide 2 Adult
Cohen, Leah Hager. The grief of others 15 Adult
Cooper, Gwen, 1971- Love saves the day : a novel 10 Adult
Cope, Pam. Jantsen's gift : a true story of grief, rescue, and grace 3 Adult
Dahlie, Michael. The best of youth : a novel 10 Adult
De Becker, Gavin. The gift of fear : survival signals that protect us from violence 7 Adult
De Feo, Ronald. Solo pass 6 Adult
Deits, Bob, 1933- Life after loss : a practical guide to renewing your life after experiencing major loss 5 Adult
Deraniyagala, Sonali. Wave 12 Adult
Didion, Joan. The year of magical thinking 15 Adult
Dreher, Rod. The little way of Ruthie Leming : a Southern girl, a small town, and the secret of a good life 16 Adult
Dunn, Bill. Through a season of grief : devotions for your journey from mourning to joy 5 Adult
Ellmann, Lucy, 1956- Mimi : a novel 7 Adult
Emerson, David, 1969- Overcoming trauma through yoga : reclaiming your body 4 Adult
Ericsson, Stephanie, 1953- Companion through the darkness : inner dialogues on grief 6 Adult
Evans, Richard Paul. The road to grace 5 Adult
Frankl, Viktor E. (Viktor Emil), 1905-1997. Man's search for meaning 25 Adult
Frazier, Ian. The cursing mommy's book of days 10 Adult
Friedman, Russell. Moving beyond loss : real answers to real questions from real people 10 Adult
Gaiman, Neil. Fragile things : short fictions and wonders 5 Adult
Gewirtz, Matthew D. The gift of grief : finding peace, transformation, and renewed life after great sorrow 2 Adult
Gil, Eliana Working with children to heal interpersonal trauma : the power of play 2 Adult
Gilbert, Kellie Coates. Mother of Pearl 5 Adult
Goldman, Linda, 1946- Great answers to difficult questions about death : what children need to know 7 Adult
Gonzales, Laurence, 1947- Surviving survival : the art and science of resilience 10 Adult
Gordon, Terry A. No storm lasts forever : transforming suffering into insight 10 Adult
Greenspan, Miriam. Healing through the dark emotions : the wisdom of grief, fear, and despair 6 Adult
Greenwood, T. (Tammy) The hungry season 6 Adult
Guthrie, Nancy O love that will not let me go : facing death with courageous confidence in God 5 Adult
Hall, Louisa, 1982- The carriage house : a novel 9 Adult
Hance, Jackie. I'll see you again : a memoir 15 Adult
Henkin, Joshua. The world without you 12 Adult
Hickman, Martha Whitmore, 1925- Healing after loss : daily meditations for working through grief 5 Adult
Higgins, Lisa Verge. The proper care and maintenance of friendship 11 Adult
Hinton, J. Lynne. Welcome back to Pie Town 10 Adult
Hodges, Samuel J Grieving with hope : finding comfort as you journey through loss 10 Adult
Holland, Debra. The essential guide to grief and grieving 4 Adult
Hunter, John, 1954- author. World peace and other 4th-grade achievements 16 Adult
Isaacs, Florence. My deepest sympathies : meaningful sentiments for condolence notes, plus a guide to eulogies 5 Adult
Jacobson, Don When God makes lemonade : true stories that amaze and encourage 10 Adult
James, John W. The grief recovery handbook : the action program for moving beyond death, divorce, and other losses including health career, and faith 16 Adult
James, John W. When children grieve : for adults to help children deal with death, divorce, pet loss, moving, and other losses 6 Adult
Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever you go, there you are : mindfulness meditation in everyday life 15 Adult
Kimball, Michael, 1967- Big Ray : a novel 6 Adult
King, Claire, 1980- The Night Rainbow 15 Adult
Kinkade, Thomas, 1958-2012. A wandering heart 5 Adult
Klein, Daniel M. Nothing serious : a novel 11 Adult
Kolf, June Cerza. When will I stop hurting? : dealing with a recent death 5 Adult
Kornfield, Jack The Art Of Forgiveness, Lovingkindess, And Peace 3 Adult
Krueger, William Kent. Ordinary grace : a novel 16 Adult
Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth. On death and dying : what the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy, and their own families 12 Adult
Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth. On grief and grieving : finding the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss 4 Adult
Kultgen, Chad, 1976- The average American marriage : a novel 12 Adult
Kumar, Sameet M. Grieving mindfully : a compassionate and spiritual guide to coping with loss 2 Adult
Kushner, Harold S. The book of Job : when bad things happened to a good person 6 Adult
Kushner, Harold S. When bad things happen to good people 15 Adult
Lankford, Adam, 1979- The myth of martyrdom : what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters, and other self-destructive killers 5 Adult
Latiolais, Michelle. Widow : stories 10 Adult
Lavigne, Michael. The wanting 14 Adult
Lee, Ashton. The Cherry Cola Book Club 5 Adult
Lee, Deborah. The compassionate-mind guide to recovering from trauma and PTSD : using compassion-focused therapy to overcome flashbacks, shame, guilt, and fear 4 Adult
Lee, Linda Francis. Emily and Einstein / A Novel of Second Chances 10 Adult
Levine, Peter A. Trauma-proofing your kids : a parents' guide for instilling confidence, joy and resilience 3 Adult
Levine, Peter A. Waking the tiger : healing trauma : the innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences 14 Adult
Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963. A grief observed 16 Adult
Malchiodi, Cathy A. The art therapy sourcebook 6 Adult
Marasco, Ron. About grief : insights, setbacks, grace notes, taboos 11 Adult
Martin, John D. I can't stop crying : it's so hard when someone you love dies 15 Adult
Martinez, J. Michael (James Michael) Terrorist attacks on American soil : from the Civil War era to the present 4 Adult
Matta, Christy. The stress response : how dialectical behavior therapy can free you from needless anxiety, worry, anger, & other symptoms of stress 5 Adult
Miller, Serena, 1950- Hidden mercies : a novel 5 Adult
Milliken, Maureen. The afterlife survey : a Rabbi, a CEO, a dog walker, and others on the universal question - what comes next? 8 Adult
Nhá̂t H?anh, Thích. Anger : wisdom for cooling the flames 5 Adult
Nhá̂t H?anh, Thích. Fear : essential wisdom for getting through the storm 13 Adult
Nugent, Benjamin. Good kids : a novel 12 Adult
Odell, Jonathan, 1951- The healing : a novel 5 Adult
Orange, Cynthia. Shock waves : a practical guide to living with a loved one's PTSD 4 Adult
Paisley, Michelle Yoga for a Broken Heart : A Spiritual Guide to Healing from Break-Up, Loss, Death or Divorce 2 Adult
Peretti, Frank E. Illusion : a novel 8 Adult
Podrug, Junius. The disaster survival bible 5 Adult
Punnett, Ian, 1960- How to pray when you're pissed at God / Or Anyone Else for That Matter 10 Adult
Quick, Matthew, 1973- The silver linings playbook 29 Adult
Rando, Therese A. How to go on living when someone you love dies 5 Adult
Raney, Deborah. After all 8 Adult
Rapp, Emily. The still point of the turning world 12 Adult
Rathkey, Julia Wilcox. What children need when they grieve : the four essentials : routine, love, honesty, and security 4 Adult
Ratner, Austin. In the land of the living : a novel 12 Adult
Ritchie, Cinthia. Dolls behaving badly : a novel 11 Adult
Rogers, Michael Allen, 1949- What happens after I die? 4 Adult
Rothbaum, Barbara Olasov. Reclaiming your life from a traumatic experience : workbook 15 Adult
Rothschild, Babette. Trauma essentials : the go-to guide 2 Adult
Rupp, Joyce. My soul feels lean : poems of loss and restoration 2 Adult
Scheunemann, Frauke. Puppy love 5 Adult
Schonfeld, David J., 1959- The grieving student : a teacher's guide 4 Adult
Schrank, Ben. Love is a canoe 12 Adult
Schuster, Marc, 1973- The grievers 8 Adult
Simons, Paullina, 1963- Children of liberty 13 Adult
Smith, Haywood, 1949- Out of warranty 9 Adult
Smolinski, Jill. Objects of my affection 5 Adult
Sorensen, Julia. Overcoming loss : activities and stories to help transform children's grief and loss 5 Adult
Spencer, Elizabeth DuPont, 1966- The anxiety cure for kids : a guide for parents 4 Adult
Spencer, Katherine, 1955- The Way Home : Thomas Kinkade's Angel Island 6 Adult
Stahl, Bob. Calming the rush of panic : a mindfulness-based stress reduction guide to freeing yourself from panic attacks & living a vital life 10 Adult
Stavlund, Mike. A force of will : the reshaping of faith in a year of grief 6 Adult
Stearns, Ann Kaiser. Living through personal crisis 4 Adult
Stern, Robin. Project rebirth : survival and the strength of the human spirit from 9/11 survivors 4 Adult
Stewart, Carla. Broken wings : a novel 5 Adult
Stothard, Anna. The pink hotel 12 Adult
Sussman, Ellen, 1954- The Paradise Guest House : a novel 12 Adult
Tappouni, Therese Amrhein The Gifts of Grief : Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss 8 Adult
Thoene, Bodie, 1951- When Jesus wept 9 Adult
Tipping, Colin C. Radical forgiveness : a revolutionary five-stage process to : heal relationships, let go of anger and blame, find peace in any situation 5 Adult
Tirch, Dennis D., 1968- The compassionate-mind guide to overcoming anxiety : using compassion-focused therapy to calm worry, panic, and fear 11 Adult
Trout, Nick. The patron saint of lost dogs 15 Adult
Welshons, John E. Awakening from grief : finding the way back to joy 3 Adult
West, Spencer, 1981- Standing tall : my journey 3 Adult
Westberg, Granger E Good Grief 3 Adult
Westfall, John. Getting past what you'll never get over : help for dealing with life's hurts 23 Adult
Whitson, Stephanie Grace. The message on the quilt 5 Adult
Wilde, Samantha. I'll take what she has : a novel 5 Adult
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. The bridge of San Luis Rey 10 Adult
Williams, Mark. Mindfulness : an eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world 21 Adult
Williams, Mary Beth. The PTSD workbook / Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms 10 Adult
Wiseman, John "Lofty" SAS Urban Survival Handbook : How to Protect Yourself Against Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Fires, Home Invasions, and Everyday Health and Safety Hazards 4 Adult
Wolf, Elaine. Danny's mom : a novel 7 Adult
Wolfelt, Alan D. The Mourner's Book of Faith : 30 Days of Enlightenment 5 Adult
Wolfelt, Alan D., Ph.D. The Mourner's Book of Courage : 30 Days of Encouragement 2 Adult
Wolfelt, Alan. Healing your grieving heart : 100 practical ideas 5 Adult
Wolfelt, Alan. The wilderness of grief : finding your way 2 Adult
Wong, David, 1975 Jan. 10- This book is full of spiders : seriously, dude, don't touch it 8 Adult
Yancey, Philip Where Is God When It Hurts? 2 Adult
Yancey, Philip. Disappointment with God : three questions no one asks aloud 2 Adult
Yang, Jeffrey Time of grief : mourning poems 2 Adult
Chicken soup for the soul : grieving and recovery : 101 inspirational and comforting stories about surviving the loss of a loved one 3 Adult
Life after trauma : a workbook for healing 19 Adult
Poems of mourning 6 Adult
Alcorn, Randy C. Heaven for kids 5 Child / Teen
Aliki. Feelings 50 Child / Teen
Annunziata, Jane. Sometimes I'm scared 7 Child / Teen
Applegate, Katherine. The one and only Ivan 34 Child / Teen
Arnold, Elana K. Sacred 13 Child / Teen
Bergren, Lisa Tawn. God gave us heaven 5 Child / Teen
Blos, Joan W. A gathering of days : a novel 5 Child / Teen
Bodeen, S. A. (Stephanie A.), 1965- The raft 13 Child / Teen
Brody, Jessica. Unremembered 10 Child / Teen
Brown, Laurene Krasny. When dinosaurs die : a guide to understanding death 26 Child / Teen
Bunting, Eve, 1928- Rudi's pond 13 Child / Teen
Burpo, Todd. Heaven is for real for kids 6 Child / Teen
Buscaglia, Leo F. The fall of Freddie the leaf : a story of life for all ages 31 Child / Teen
Cassidy, Sara. Windfall 2 Child / Teen
Coker, Rachel. Interrupted : a life beyond words 6 Child / Teen
Cook, Julia Grief is Like a Snowflake 10 Child / Teen
Cormier, Robert. After the first death 24 Child / Teen
Crist, James J. What to do when you're scared & worried : a guide for kids 19 Child / Teen
Crowe, Carole. Waiting for dolphins 7 Child / Teen
Emberley, Ed. Glad monster, sad monster : a book about feelings 20 Child / Teen
Eubanks, Sonja Death and dying 4 Child / Teen
Fitzgerald, Helen. The grieving teen : a guide for teenagers and their friends 13 Child / Teen
Fritts, Mary Bahr, 1946- If Nathan were here 16 Child / Teen
Geithner, Carole. If only 8 Child / Teen
Goldman, Linda, 1946- Children also grieve : talking about death and healing 9 Child / Teen
Gootman, Marilyn E., 1944- When a friend dies : a book for teens about grieving & healing 17 Child / Teen
Graff, Lisa (Lisa Colleen), 1981- Umbrella summer 16 Child / Teen
Guanci, Anne Marie. David and the worry beast : helping children cope with anxiety 20 Child / Teen
Hainsworth, Emily. Through to you 13 Child / Teen
Hanson, Warren. The next place 7 Child / Teen
Heegaard, Marge When Someone Very Special Dies : Children Can Learn to Cope With Grief 20 Child / Teen
Heegaard, Marge When Something Terrible Happens : Children Learn to Cope With Grief 20 Child / Teen
Holmes, Margaret M., 1944- A terrible thing happened 36 Child / Teen
Huebner, Dawn. What to do when you worry too much : a kid's guide to overcoming anxiety 14 Child / Teen
Kaplow, Julie B., 1974- Samantha Jane's missing smile : a story about coping with the loss of a parent 5 Child / Teen
Klise, Kate. Little Rabbit and the Night Mare 15 Child / Teen
LaFleur, Suzanne M. Love, Aubrey 11 Child / Teen
Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14 14 Child / Teen
Lewis, Beverly, 1949- What is God like? 5 Child / Teen
Lewis, Stewart. You have seven messages 14 Child / Teen
Loewen, Nancy, 1964- Saying good-bye to Uncle Joe : what to expect when someone you love dies 10 Child / Teen
Loth, Sebastian. Remembering Crystal 18 Child / Teen
Lowry, Lois. A summer to die 36 Child / Teen
Martin, Ann M., 1955- Welcome to Camden Falls 9 Child / Teen
Mayfield, Sue. Living with bereavement 5 Child / Teen
Meiners, Cheri J., 1957- When I feel afraid 12 Child / Teen
Mellonie, Bryan. Lifetimes : the beautiful way to explain death to children 28 Child / Teen
Mills, Joyce C., 1944- Gentle Willow : a story for children about dying 10 Child / Teen
Myers, Edward, 1950- Teens, loss, and grief : the ultimate teen guide 12 Child / Teen
O'Brien, Anne Sibley. A path of stars 16 Child / Teen
Palmer, Pat, 1928- I wish I could hold your hand-- : a child's guide to grief and loss 11 Child / Teen
Payne, Lauren Murphy, 1956- Just because I am : a child's book of affirmation 11 Child / Teen
Penn, Audrey, 1947- The kissing hand 17 Child / Teen
Penn, Audrey, 1947- Chester Raccoon and the acorn full of memories 5 Child / Teen
Pennypacker, Sara, 1951- Stuart goes to school 13 Child / Teen
Posesorski, Sherie. Shadow boxing 10 Child / Teen
Rock, Lois, 1953- When good-bye is forever 6 Child / Teen
Romain, Trevor. What on earth do you do when someone dies? 23 Child / Teen
Romain, Trevor. Stress can really get on your nerves! 17 Child / Teen
Rosen, Michael, 1946- Michael Rosen's sad book 29 Child / Teen
Seuss, Dr. My many colored days 29 Child / Teen
Shaw, Susan, 1951- One of the survivors 17 Child / Teen
Spelman, Cornelia. When I miss you 21 Child / Teen
Tangvald, Christine Harder, 1941- Someone I love died 2 Child / Teen
Vail, Rachel. Sometimes I'm Bombaloo 21 Child / Teen
Varley, Susan. Badger's parting gifts 23 Child / Teen
Verdick, Elizabeth. How to take the grrrr out of anger 14 Child / Teen
Vigna, Judith. Saying goodbye to Daddy 11 Child / Teen
Violi, Jen. Putting makeup on dead people 9 Child / Teen
Wagenbach, Debbie. The grouchies 13 Child / Teen
Wild, Margaret, 1948- Harry & Hopper 9 Child / Teen
Wilhelm, Hans, 1945- I'll always love you 25 Child / Teen
Winsch, Jane Loretta. After the funeral 5 Child / Teen
Wolfelt, Alan. Healing your grieving heart for teens : 100 practical ideas 13 Child / Teen
Wolff, Ferida, 1946- Is a worry worrying you? 5 Child / Teen