Librarians have been assembling some resources to assist our patrons in trying to make sense of the senseless.
First, I understand that there have been some scams related to "relief" agencies that in fact do not exist. This one, from the Red Cross, is real:
The library owns a graphic novel called "My War with Brian," by Ted Rall. It wounds me every time I read it. It's about a boy who got brutally bullied by another boy, all through junior high school. Repeatedly, the victim appealed to his teachers, his principal, and his parents. Nothing worked. Instead, he was left to his own devices, day after day.
On September 14, 2000, the Denver Post ran an editorial I wrote about Dr. Laura Schlessinger. A similar piece -- based on the idea that children should be held accountable for their behavior -- ran in this paper back in January.
I have a weakness. I love quotations. Along with dictionaries, collections of quotes are the most seductive books I know.
Start, for instance, with the magnificent "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations" (16th edition, edited by Justin Kaplan). I consider this an absolutely essential contribution to any home library.