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 2014 books this October, or check your local library’s catalog for previous years’ selections.
This year’s children book selection is The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi.
Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week.
Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it — “Yoon-Hey.”
The Teen book selection is Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf.
Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.
When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness.
The Adult book selection is Stolen Lives: The Heartbreaking Story of a Trafficking Victim by Brandy Sullivan .
That night was my first real night earning my keep as Moses put it. I didn’t struggle with anyone after that. My nose was broken and I was covered in blood and filth from the men who came to the room…. I had survived my first day as a captive, well my body had survived, something broke inside me…my soul, my spirit, whatever you want to call it. I lost myability to hope and dream. ********** Mark’s chair scraped across the floor and fell with a loud bang as he jumped back from the table. He ran to the sink feeling nauseous, but all he could do was dry heave. Was all of this real? He just couldn’t believe what he was reading….. The girl with the blue-eyes, eyes so filled with agony he almost couldn’t bear to look at them, had entrusted him with her secret. She had looked to him to save her. Mark felt lost in a whirlwind of emotions as he realized he might be her only hope of survival.