AbstractThis article reports on a two-year project, Reading for Recovery(R4R), made possible by the Carnegie-Whitney grant from the American Library Association. The goal was to build a tool with the purpose of facilitating library resources for creative and informal bibliotherapy geared toward people with substance use/abuse problems. In addition to first introducing the results of their work in an article to Hungarian audiences vested tremendously in bibliotherapy, the author wishes to share the difficulties project staff members had to face. Besides issues caused by a major change at the host institution (and out of project staff's control), staff members also had to develop individual strategies to handle the hardship caused by the topic itself. The author, principal investigator of R4R, for example, ended up writing short stories from the material they handled. One example is also included, along with questions to help working with the text individually or in a group setting, such as a book club, a model R4R promotes.
SubjectsBibliotherapy, Public Libraries, Addiction, Substance Abuse, Alcoholics Anonymous
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