2023.10.13 World Mental Health Day

Hello friends,

So. Many. Acorns! I thought to myself as I walked my usual route last night. Must be a mast year. I confess to a weird sort of satisfaction when I squish them underfoot. I’m finding these walks to be critical therapy these days. A chance to to turn my head off, listen to a podcast, music, or book, and take in the evening and the changing seasons.

I’m writing this on October 10th, #Worldmentalhealthday, and there are a lot of horrible-terrible things happening in the world these days adding stress and anxiety on top of our average everyday stress and anxieties. It’s tough to watch the news as crisis upon crisis seems to be all that is happening. May I gently suggest you be good to yourself? Be your own best friend for a bit each day and treat yourself kindly and with patience. Having trouble? Reach out. There are people who care deeply about you, and that it is OK to back away from the news, newspapers, and social media for a bit. We all want to be informed responsible citizens, and that’s an important civic duty, but we also need to be rested, healthy, and in a good space before we are able to do so.

Look after yourself. Check in on friends and family, and look after them, too. We’re all in this together.

Be well,

Matthew Graff

Executive Director

Skidompha Public Library

P.S. Looking to escape a little and have some fun with great company? How about checking out Skidompha? A small sample of what we have going on: Donuts and Devices each Friday morning, Skidompha After Dark: Ghost Stories from 6:30pm to 8pm on Wednesday the 18th, Teen Tarot Card fun at 3:30pm this Friday, and Minecraft on the Big Screen, for kids 9-12 and held on Wednesdays from 3-4:30.