New books to broaden perspectives

A new initiative has placed new reading nooks in public libraries for children in grades K-3, designed to help prevent violence and celebrate diversity.

The books encourage readers to grow, engage, read and imagine and will be available in select libraries under a new initiative called GERI.

“We believe in the power of children’s literature to transform lives and expand perspectives and we work to foster strong partnerships in our community with the goal of improving the quality of life for residents of Grand Rapids,” said Amy Cochran. , MLIS, Youth Services Manager, Greater Rapids Public Library. “We are delighted that several libraries are offering families easy ways to participate in this special and innovative reading program. »

Titles promote gender equity, empathy and identification of emotions and teach healthy relationships and boundaries. The books are the result of a partnership that includes Safe Haven Ministries partners, Grand Rapids Public Libraries, and a program called SPARK4Change at the MSU School of Social work.

“Safe Haven Ministries is thrilled to partner with the Grand Rapids Public Library to bring the Grow Engage Read Imagine (GERI) initiative to more families and homes,” said Mykal Ward, M.Ed, Manager of training and education, Safe Haven Ministries.

“We hope that increased exposure to the topics covered in the GERI Collection and complementary resources will contribute to a positive shift in social norms, creating a stronger foundation for healthy relationships and communities,” Ward said.

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