Martin County Library System Press Releases

October 29, 2013

Martin County Library System “Dear Bully” Event Article Appears in National Magazine

For immediate release: October 24, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863

An article about a 2012 event on bullying at the Blake Library in Stuart, FL, “Dear Bully Author Event Reaches, Teaches Community,” appears on pages 42 and 43 of the October 2013 issue of VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), a library magazine serving those who serve young adults. The April 12 event, “Dear Bully,” was presented by the Martin County Library System in partnership with Martin County School District, mental health agency Tykes & Teens, Children’s Services Council and Character Counts of United Way, with support from Library Friends.

Part of a 2011-2012 parent workshop and seminar series held at Martin County libraries and sponsored by the above organizations, “Dear Bully” was attended by 101 adults and 75 teens from high schools and teen groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County, Martin County Parks and Recreation and other non-profit organizations. Among the speakers were four top authors for teens, all contributors to the Dear Bully book, which came about after the repeated bullying and subsequent suicide of a teenage girl in Boston.

Timely then and especially timely now, the anti-bullying message hit home for Tyler, a ten-year-old attendee and bullying target, who said, “People don’t know what I’m going through and I don’t know what they’re going through. Some people just need comfort.” Authors Megan Kelly Hall and Eric Luper visited local high schools in conjunction with the library talk. Echoing Tyler’s response, one Martin County High School student observed, “(Megan Kelley Hall’s) stories helped everyone to understand and view bullying as a major issue. She wants people to say something nice to an individual when they seem down. Megan believes that those few words may change their day and might save their lives.”

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