Try an innovative new program! Discuss the uplifting novel "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry," by Gabrielle Zevin with a librarian, followed by a supportive conversation with trained counselors from the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris about your own personal experiences in relation to the story.
You don't have to attend the supportive session to participate in the book discussion.
ABOUT THE BOOK DISCUSSION
Join a librarian to talk about "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin, a longtime New York Times bestseller. When a curmudgeonly widower who owns a book store on a small, isolated island finds a toddler has been left in his bookstore for him to adopt, his life changes entirely.
“Zevin has done something old-fashioned and fairly rare these days. She has written an entertaining novel, modest in its scope, engaging and funny without being cloying or sentimental. On top of all that, it is marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” --The Washington Post
ABOUT THE SUPPORTIVE SESSION
Stay for a conversation with trained counselors from the NJ Hope and Healing Program/Mental Health Association of Morris and Essex to explore struggles, coping techniques and resilience in living with the pandemic. This will be a time to share your own narrative about how the pandemic has affected you, discuss any feelings that came up from the book, and connect with one another.
The NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) at the Mental Health Association of Essex/Morris (MHAEM) is funded by FEMA/SAMHSA. The CCP is available for all members of the community who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These services are at no cost, confidential, and virtual. Through individual, family and group counseling, they are offering emotional support, guidance, information, referrals, and COVID-19 resources that can help people who have been affected by the pandemic. They provide programs for people of all ages, from children to older adults.