Library donation supports family violence prevention

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Twenty-five books to engage young readers across province

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention has donated children’s books to the provincial library system to promote healthy family relationships.

From left, Roseanne Gauthier, children’s librarian at the Confederation Centre Library; Robert Henderson, minister of tourism and culture; Valerie E. Docherty, minister of community services and seniors; and Dr. Philip Smith, chair of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence, unveil books that promote healthy family relationships to young readers.

The donation was announced by Valerie E. Docherty, minister of community services and seniors shortly before the start of Family Violence Prevent Week, which runs Feb. 9-15. She noted that education is key in preventing family violence and that books help promote the message at an early age.

“These books teach lessons about relationships in a way that is easy for children to understand,” explained Docherty.

The book donation includes “Snowflakes Fall” by Patricia MacLachlan, “Zero” by Kathryn Otoshi, “The Family Book” and “The Peace Book” by Todd Parr, and the French-language “C’est Lui” by Oliver Jeffers.

“Family violence prevention is an issue that affects everyone in the community, and the public library service is pleased to have the chance to be involved in this important campaign,” expressed Robert Henderson, minister of tourism and culture.

These books teach lessons about relationships in a way that is easy for children to understand Valerie E. Docherty, minister of community services and seniors

“I invite all families to visit their local public library and borrow these books,” he urged.

Dr. Philip Smith, chair of the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence, welcomed the opportunity to educate young Islanders.

“These stories and illustrations can be engaging avenues to conversation with children about healthy ways to be with each other in families,” he elaborated.

Twenty-five books have been donated to public libraries across the province to ensure easy access.

Organizations: Action Committee on Family Violence

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