Public Libraries in Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties once again have an opportunity this year to participate in ‘A Summer Read.’ For the seventh year in a row WITF’s Transforming Health teams up with Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA and the Central PA library systems to present a “Summer Read.” The goal is to engage readers across Central PA to read during the summer months.
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold has been chosen as the 2019 Summer Read. It is the acclaimed New York Times bestseller by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. Klebold uses Columbine as a launch point to directly address mental health issues. Proceeds from the sale of her books are donated to mental health organizations. “As people read Sue’s memoir, what they will find is that her book is honest, and her pain genuine. Her story may be uncomfortable to read, but it will raise awareness about brain health and the importance of early identification and intervention to maintain it. If people listen to her – to all that she has experienced, and to how this has changed her – they will be quicker to respond to depression in young people, to the suicidal thinking that can accompany it, and to the rage that can build almost unnoticed in young people when the people who truly and completely love and care for them are distracted by other challenges in life.”
—Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America.