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Every summer Lebanon County and surrounding counties’ libraries participate in A Summer Read, a reading initiative for adults that runs from June through September. Each year this health literacy campaign selects a title to read and support with special programming.

Book Title Description

The acclaimed New York Times bestseller, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath Of Tragedy by Sue Klebold, mother of one of the Columbine shooters, about living in the aftermath of Columbine is the seventh annual Summer Read.

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.

For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?

These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother’s Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and on countless interviews with mental health experts.

Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.

About The Author

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School–a tragedy that saddened and galvanized the nation. She has spent the last 15 years excavating every detail of her family life, and trying to understand the crucial intersection between mental health problems and violence. Instead of becoming paralyzed by her grief and remorse, she has become a passionate and effective agent working tirelessly to advance mental health awareness and intervention. Sue is currently not available on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform.

All author profits from the book will be donated to research and to charitable organizations focusing on mental health issues.

Resources

If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone; there is hope, and there are people willing to listen.  Call 717-274-3363 for Lebanon County (PA) Crisis Intervention or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7; it’s free, and confidential.  Or visit one of these online resources for more information, intervention, or further resources.

Lebanon County Suicide Prevention Task Force offers resources and information.

Lifeline is the online home of National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; get help or get involved; there’s also an online chat function to reach someone to talk.

Crisis Text Line offers resources as well as text support and intervention; if you are in crisis, text HOME to 741741 to get help and talk to someone.

IMAlive (formerly called Hope Line) offers resources, help, and intervention via chat online.

The Means Matter (Firearm Safety), an initiative of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, which is part of the Harvard School of Public Health, offers an “[introduction] to a non-controversial, “lethal means counseling” approach to reducing a suicidal person’s access to firearms and other lethal means.”

Stop Bullying; this is a government funded website offering resources and more for assistance in stopping bullying and cyberbullying.

TedMed Author Talk

This is a collaboration of WITF Transforming Health, Capital Blue Cross, and WellSpan Health System.