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Social, Emotional and Mindful Learning

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Deborah Dutcher

Supporting Youth Mental Health in NH Resources

A Guide to Social and Emotional Learning for the Afterschool Professional

Self-Care for Library Workers



Library Workers



A collection of freely available resources and archived webinars from Infopeople and other professional development providers supporting self-care work for library workers.



Monthly Inspiration Calendars

For some monthly inspiration:
Choose Love Movement
Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Action for Happiness
Greater Good Happiness Calendar
Using the 3 Good Things to boost your gratitude daily--try this free app on your phone:

CSLP Social and Emotional Health Resources

The CSLP's Child & Community Well-Being Committee has been collecting examples of library programming that promotes social and emotional health. A compilation of programs submitted by public libraries around the US is now available. It includes an array of library programs for various age groups, from early childhood through seniors, plus multigenerational programs. If you’re looking for program ideas to enhance your “All Together Now” summer programming, or for any time of year, take a look! Find the downloadable Social & Emotional Health Programs at Public Libraries document here:

  1. In the Additional Content section of the online All Together Now manual, or
  2. On the Resource List page of the CSLP’s Libraries and Summer Food how-to guide (scroll down to Programming for the link), or
  3. At this direct link!

Thank you to all the librarians and library workers who contributed their programs. If you’d like to add your program to this listing, use this form to share programs with the CCWB and they will be included in the next edition of Social & Emotional Health Programs at Public Libraries.

Sensory Walls Made Easy

From Kayla Morin-Riordan from the Goodwin Library in Farmington NH

Sensory wall- $1 wood shapes from Joann's with fabric scraps, googly eyes, gems, fabric paint dots etc, mermaid sequin fabric hot glued to felt covered cardboard, all attached with command picture hanging strips. 

Wellness Cafe

Starting in November 2023, materials will be distributed each month  themed on one of the keys to well-being from The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley

At the NH State Library I will be asking my peers to join me for a Wellness Cafe once a month during a pre-arranged lunch period where we will discuss the months material.

You can sign up to receive these materials for yourself, or to use to facilitate a Wellness Cafe for your staff or community.

Sign Up Here



Choose Love Movement


Bibliotherapy & More Resources Page               Mindful Librarians Facebook                Wellness Wednesday Resources Page                                

Peace Packs

14 new and refurbished Peace Packs are now available for circulation. See the Library of Things page for more info.

Mindful Me Curriculum Pack

Now Available for extended circulation periods. Contact Deborah Dutcher. 

The 4-H Primary Mindfulness Curriculum Guide for peer reviewed Mindful Me program. The Mindful Me curriculum was designed to help facilitate youth's social-emotional development. 

Mindful Me utilizes the 'teens as teachers' (TAT) approach and children's literature, modeled after best practices in the field of positive youth development, to deliver programming to 5-8 year olds. The TAT approach provides adolescents with the opportunity for individual growth and meaningful contribution. The overall program aims to promote mindful practices that lead to improvements in managing one's goals, developing a sense of self, time management, stress management, emotional regulation, and mindful eating practices. 

Mindful Me incorporates the Essential Elements of youth development: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity. Through Mindful Me, youth are encouraged to build positive relationships through expressing care, concern and gratitude for others (belonging), build beliefs in oneself (mastery), practice self-discipline, self-control, and self-reflection (independence), and serve others. 

Included in the pack:

Food Group Book Set

The Sour Grape - Forgiveness & Compassion

The Cool Bean - Self-Esteem

The Smart Cookie - Confidence

The Couch Potato - Self-Management

The Bad Seed - Self-Acceptance

The Good Egg - Self-Care

Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health

To host a virtual or in person reading or obtain resources contact:
Shamara Simpson - Director at the NH-ME American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Rick Alleva - Education, Training, Consultation in Positive Youth Development, Social-Emotional-Mindful Learning


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: ​

Jenifer Strauss - Characters with Characters: Enriching Storytimes with Social Emotional Awareness & Skills

Virtual Webinar for Youth Librarians held February 10, 2022

Join Storyteller, Speaker and Narrative Coach, Jenifer Strauss for an interactive webinar for Youth Librarians focused on enriching the Storytime experience with stories, songs and activities that increase social-emotional awareness and skills for your youngest patrons and their parents/caregivers.
In this webinar, you will learn how to build a well-balanced Storytime that combines the Five Ready-to-Read Practices with social-emotional topics like friendship, kindness, respect, good manners and self-care. Participants will leave the webinar with a plethora of “use-right-away” ideas and a Storytime Template for planning future theme-based Storytime’s.


Magazines of Interest

Thousands of magazines are available through NH Overdrive. Here are a few new ones:

Foughtism magazine is perfect for children with autism to develop their social skills, build vocabulary, stay focused, answer questions and keep them busy and entertained while they learn.

ADHDEFG magazine dives into fun and positive activities you and your child can do together—often in just a few minutes—to help develop and reinforce the gifts of ADHD.

The Brain Train features Logic Games, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Math, and Art Activities for children with Dyslexia Activities are designed to improve Critical Thinking, Reading, Spelling, Math, and Visual-Spatial skills.

Mirador Magazine is an ad-free, leisure-oriented publication created for the enjoyment of people experiencing cognitive change.

Trauma Resources

Books for young children: (including videos on youtube to listen to the author read them and do all the different animal voices)

Books for adults working with children:

“Childhood Disrupted”

Osofsky, J.D. (Ed) (2011) Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children. New York: Guilford Publishers.

Osofsky, J.D., Stepka, P., & King, L.C. (2017). Treating Infants and Young Children Impacted by Trauma: Interventions That Promote Healthy Development . Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Website resources (some of which have additional links embedded for more resources):

Resources on Trauma for Caregivers and Families - Child Welfare Information Gateway

Emergency preparedness and response toolkits that are aimed at different early childhood sectors, including: 

  • Emergency Response Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators (the original version)
  • Emergency Preparedness Toolkit: An Early Relational Approach Home Visitor-Edition (newest release)

You can find the toolkits and other information, including videos on how to utilize the toolkit resources at


Harden, B. J. (2015). Services for Families of Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Trauma: A Research-to-Practice Brief. Brief prepared for the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. Rockville, MD: HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4884, 2014: 9. And:

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.