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Vol. 5 No. 48 Visit TapIntoNorthSalem.net for the latest news. Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kindness and mental health You’ve got a friend
awareness comes to North in the library
Salem schools BY SARAH GAYDEN over,” said Carolyn Reznick, li-
CONTRIBUTING WRITER brary director.
BY KATHERINE BORCHERT mental health and talking about mental health, is year’s Nibble and Nosh will
STAFF WRITER which I just think is so amazing. I’m so grateful In its 40th year, the nonpro t take place on March 14 from 7-9
and thankful that I go to a school and I live in a Friends of the Library is working p.m. at the library. e Friends
North Salem High School junior Gabby Pe- community that was so willing to help me and to transform the Ruth Keeler Li- hopes to build on the success of
losi has brought kindness and mental health help me promote this idea.” brary in North Salem from a com- last year with another capacity
awareness to her peers by introducing P.S. I P.S. I Love You Day was created by Brooke munity resource into a thriving crowd and more culinary delights
Love You Day to the district. and Jaimie DiPalma after they lost their father center for arts and culture. at this community potluck. e
Pelosi said she learned about P.S. I Love You to suicide. In remembrance, they encourage e Friends are responsible for event serves as the kicko to the
Day when the founder spoke at a leadership people to wear purple on the second Friday in many of the programs and events Friends’ annual membership drive.
conference through the school last year. February to spread mental health awareness. that town residents bene t from. Membership in the Friends is
“I was just really inspired by the message,” “On this day, we ask everyone to wear purple is year, the Friends’ two big- $25 per year for an individual or
Pelosi said. “North Salem is so welcoming to to stand up against bullying, help end depression gest events, Nibble and Nosh and family. Over the past few years, the
and ultimately prevent suicide. We hope that Family Fun Day, will help to raise Friends have provided the library
on this day you walk around your community, funds to o er expanded program- and its patrons with programs,
school, or work o ce and see a sea of purple. We ming. electronics, museum passes and
hope that you hear nothing but positive messag- Nibble and Nosh began last community events such as Paint
es that make you feel special, loved, and remind year, an idea by Friends co-presi- Night and author talks. Last fall,
you that you are never alone,” according to its dent Debbie Rizzo to bring people the Friends funded a special ef-
mission statement. together over food while celebrat- fects makeup workshop for teens.
Pelosi said that she wanted to start a conversa- ing the cultural diversity that ex- Programming for tweens and
tion about how kindness and mental health are ists in North Salem. Participating teens is an area of particular em-
connected. families prepared food or drinks phasis for the Friends, as this is a
“I didn’t know it was going to become such a speci c to their heritage or to a group for which libraries typically
big thing,” Pelosi said. “I just envisioned people culture they felt a strong connec- see a decline in attendance.
at the middle school-high school wearing purple tion to. Attendees grazed from To plan programming, Friends
on the day and then maybe people would have a table to table, sampling food rep- board members regularly survey
conversation about mental health. en it would resenting fare from the Caribbean the community to learn which
get them thinking and they’d associate purple to the Far East and everything in programs would be of interest.
with mental health and being kind. Now it’s just between. e event was an instant ey also monitor what’s hap-
become this huge thing which I’m just so grate- success; 20 families participated, pening in other public libraries to
ful for and it’s really amazing.” cooking for a sold-out crowd. get ideas for programming that
PHOTO: KATHERINE BORCHERT SEE KINDNESS PAGE 10 “It was just mountains of food. SEE FRIENDS PAGE 4
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