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February is "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully" Month at the Sussex County Libraries
Release Date: February 02, 2012

In partnership with the local One Book/One Community Committee, the Sussex County Libraries are shining a spotlight on the problem of bullying during the month of February.

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Contact: Kathleen Freisinger
Sussex County Main Library
973 948-3660 ext. 3401
kfreisinger@sussexcountylibrary.org

February is "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully" Month at the Sussex County Libraries

In partnership with the local One Book/One Community Committee, the Sussex County Libraries are shining a spotlight on the problem of bullying during the month of February.

The One Book/One Community Committee of Branchville, Frankford, Lafayette, Sussex and Wantage annually invites "as many community members as possible to read a selected book with the purpose of building a school-community partnership." This year's theme is anti-bullying and the books chosen are One by Kathryn Otoshi for grades K-4 and Poison Ivy by Amy Koss for grades 5 through adult.

The libraries will be supporting the One Book program with book displays and programs on the "Be a Buddy, Not a Bully" theme. Programs include:

"Be A Buddy, Not A Bully" family movie showing on Tuesday, February 21 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Sussex-Wantage Branch. This feature film, based on a popular book series (you must call the library for the actual title), shows how feuding brothers learn to be buddies. The film is rated PG for some "mild rude humor and mischief." Detective Dianne Rude from the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office will speak briefly after the movie about how to be a buddy and not a bully. The entire family is invited, free popcorn for all. Registration required.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party invites kids of all ages to the Sussex-Wantage Branch on Wednesday, February 29 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to participate in activities related to the One Book selections. Attendees may have their pictures taken with our Wimpy Kid standee to be posted on the library website. Detective Dianne Rude from the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office will be on hand to talk about bullying issues with the kids. No registration is required but we do ask all who attend to bring one non-perishable, non-expired food item for the Project Self-Sufficiency Food Bank.

Index Card Video Project The libraries are asking teens in grades 7-12 to create index card videos on the theme Bullying - It Gets Better to encourage kids who are experiencing bullying. We're looking for positive advice and stories from teens who have found ways to cope with being bullied. The videos may be e-mailed to dsebastian@sussexcountylibrary.org or teens can make an appointment to come into the Main Library and have their messages recorded. The videos will be posted on the library website and youtube.com after first being reviewed and with the author's permission.

Cyberbullying and Sexting: What Every Teen Needs to Know will be held at the Sussex-Wantage Branch on Friday, March 2 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Led by Patrice Reilly from The Center for Prevention & Counseling, this interactive program will provide teens with strategies on how to avoid becoming victims of cyberbullying. The presentation will be followed by a questions and answer session and light refreshments. Registration required.

For more details or to register for the library programs go to the new Program Calendar link on the SCLS website, www.sussexcountylibrary.org.

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