Library Displays Poster to Help Customers Find Tough Topics
Sometimes looking for certain books can be a little embarrassing. Sometimes it can be too embarrassing to ask for help when searching for certain topics. I remember being in high school and trying to find a book on suicide prevention and awareness. I had a friend who was struggling and I wanted to have the knowledge to help them. However, I felt uncomfortable about asking an employee where to look or if they recommend a certain author.
I eventually found a book that helped, but it took me a while. One library in New York has set up a poster for tough topics so that their customers can shop discretely without feeling judged, according to the Good News Network. I love this! I wish more libraries did this.
The poster is titled Tough Topics. It then lists several different subjects and where to find them within the library. The subjects include: abuse, abusive relationships, skincare and acne, alcohol, body changes, death, depression, divorce, drugs, eating disorders, health, LGBTQ, pregnancy, rape, relationships, sex, STDs, suicide.
I understand that these topics are already difficult to talk about, but having to let someone in on your personal business can be too much. I say kudos to this library and I hope others follow their lead.