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Knowledge Empowers Campaign

We know that sometimes, the right words are hard to find.

With that thought in mind, in 2003 Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance began our Library Campaign. That year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month we donated books and materials about abuse to every library in Penobscot County. A year later, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence picked up the initiative and it became a statewide effort.

Today, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance’s Knowledge Empowers Campaign is thriving. Our goal is to make information, outreach materials, and resources accessible to every child, teen and adult in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties. Recognizing the pervasive nature of the problem and the widespread need for information, we donate books that appeal to many different audiences–including children, teens, and adults–and that cover many different topics.

Throughout October, participating public, private, and school libraries display the selected books and materials.  Look for the 2015 books this October, or check your local library’s catalog for previous years’ selections.


This year’s children book selection is Little Sweet Potato by Amy Beth Bloom.

Little Sweet Potato’s search for a place to belong begins when he is accidentally ejected onto the road from his garden patch. Rolling from field to field, he is repeatedly rejected for his lumpy, bumpy, dumpy exterior by the carrots, eggplants, flowers, and so on, who are all thoroughly unpleasant. “He didn’t know the world had such mean vegetation in it.” He is completely dispirited when he hears a voice calling to him and saying very nice things. Soon the happy Little Sweet Potato finds himself in the Hodge-Podge Patch, which is filled with friendly and welcoming vegetables and flowers. As one of the pansies tells him, “Some just like their own kind…but we’re the kind that likes all kinds.”

little sweet potato


The Teen book selection is Stay by Deb Caletti.

Clara’s relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it’s almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is—and what he’s willing to do to make her stay.

Now Clara has left the city—and Christian—behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won’t let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough….



The Adult book selection is The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch.

In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman’s developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women.  Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.

chronology of water