Libraries have a unique role to play in strengthening families in their communities. By providing access to resources and information, libraries can help families build protective factors that mitigate the effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACE’s. Strong families leads to better outcomes for children, and reduced instances of child abuse and neglect. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and is a time when libraries can highlight resources for their communities that help prevent child abuse and display pinwheels to raise awareness about prevention.
Learn more about how your library can help prevent child abuse by clicking the links at the top of this page. You will also find sample storytimes that focus on helping families build protective factors, a link to order pinwheels from ICfL, and additional resources to help strengthen families.