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Anti-Bully​ing Resources At Your Library - And Beyond

Teenscape Department, Central Library,
BULLY FREE L.A sign presented by the Los Angeles Fire Department

by Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen’Scape and Mary Abler, Innovation Leadership Program Resident

On Tuesday, March 26th the Los Angeles Fire Department will be visiting Teen’Scape to present a special program about bullying from 4:30-5:30 pm as part of their Bully Free L.A. initiative.

Bully Free L.A. is a mentoring, leadership program with local firefighters sharing information from their own past experiences to help students experiencing bullying problems at school or in their neighborhoods. Students will benefit from the helpful information and tips provided by the firefighters to identify and prevent traditional bullying and online cyberbullying.

In addition to this special program, we wanted to share a selection of resources that people of all ages might find useful in understanding and putting an end to bullying.

These are some new and notable materials about bullying that were recently added to the Los Angeles Public Library’s collections for adults, teens, and children:

Sticks & Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon
Adults. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly writes that ”Bazelon's even-handed, thorough, and affecting narrative provides insights and information about the kids, parents, educators, and courts dealing with the actions and aftermath of psychological and physical bullying in schools, as well as insidious cyberbullying.”

Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Grades 8-12. In this brand new young adult novel (released March 26), a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school - and must discover resources she never knew she had. In a starred review, Kirkus called it “a nuanced, heart-wrenching and ultimately empowering story about bullying.”

Grades 7 and up. This award-winning documentary focuses on five families across America and shows how bullying has impacted their lives. The New York Times writes, ““Bully” forces you to confront not the cruelty of specific children — who have their own problems, and their good sides as well — but rather the extent to which that cruelty is embedded in our schools and therefore in our society as a whole.” A companion book to the film, Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers and Parents to Combat the Bullying Crisis, is also available.

Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying
Grades 7 and up. Twenty stories about bullying written for teens, by teens. The autobiographical essays included here are honest and frank, and make excellent conversation starters for discussions with teens.

Weird!, Tough!, and Dare!
Ages 5-8. This series of picture books takes a unique approach to bullying by telling the same story through the eyes of the bully, the girl she targets, and a bystander to the bullying. The books do a good job of exploring the complicated feelings each girl has with simple language and engaging illustrations.

If you are in need of additional anti-bullying resources, here are a few organizations and places to help get you started:
An anti-bullying project of the Department of Education, Department of Health & Human Services, and Department of Justice, provides information about preventing and responding to bullying. This website is also available in Spanish.

Stomp Out Bullying
A national non-profit that focuses on bullying prevention, with information particular to the issues surrounding cyberbullying.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
This organization has started a campaign to end bullying in schools, particularly of children and teens with disabilities, but the tips and information they share will be relevant to anyone dealing with or trying to prevent bullying.

Speaking OUT Against Bullying
Resources curated by the American Library Association’s GLBT Round Table specifically for assistance dealing with bullying of LGBT kids.

Los Angeles Unified School District’s Office of Human Relations, Diversity & Equity
LAUSD’s site provides resources for teachers and parents and a list of helpful links at the bottom of the page.

Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up
A slightly more accessible anti-bullying resource, Cartoon Network’s campaign includes resources for parents, kids, and educators, as well as videos of celebrities speaking out against bullying.