Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist

The 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist was announced earlier this week, with six finalists. Four of the books are in the APL collection and the remaining two can be requested via InterLibrary Loan.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (InterLibrary Loan)
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Milkman by Anna Burns
Ordinary People by Diana Evans (InterLibrary Loan)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Circe by Madeline Miller
Winners of the Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced June 5th.
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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book of Poetry

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.

These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.


We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A Book of Poetry.”


Under the Dewey Decimal System, poetry typically is classified as “non-fiction.” Below are a few selected poetry titles in our collection, but more may be found in the Non-Fiction section in the 800s.

Adult Non-Fiction

Shout by Laurie Anderson, Call Number: 811 ANDERSON, LAURIE

Doggerel: Poems About Dogs by Carmela CiuraruCall Number: 811 CIURARU, CARMELA

Women of the PlainsCall Number: 811 EARTHLY

To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers by Suzanne Weber, Call Number 811 WEBER, SUZANNE

Emerson: Collected Poems and Translations by Ralph EmersonCall Number: 811.3 EMERSON, RALPH

Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image by Caryn Mirriam-GoldbergCall Number: 811.54 MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG, CARYN

Field Guide to the End of the World by Jeannine GaileyCall Number: 811.6 GAILEY, JEANNINE

Triangles by Ellen Hopkins (this is the only Fiction book on the list), Call Number: F Hopkins, Ellen

Juvenile Non-Fiction

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood by Fred Rogers, Call Number: J 811 ROGERS, FRED

We are Shining by Gwendolyn BrooksCall Number: J 811.52 BROOKS, GWENDOLYN

If it Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems by Brian ClearyCall Number: J 811.54 CLEARY, BRIAN

Harlem: A Poem by Walter MyersCall Number: J 811.54 MYERS, WALTER

A Light in the Attic by Shel SilversteinCall Number: J 811 SILVERSTEIN, SHEL

Happy Reading!

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New Graphic Novels – April 2019

New Graphic Novels

Attack on Titan 27

Archie Meets Batman ‘66

Batman and the Outsiders

Batman Detective Comics Rebirth 4

The Night Witches

American Gods: My Ainsel

Is This How You See Me?

Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth

Star Wars Ewoks: Flight to Danger

Ms. Marvel: Time and Again

The Flash & Green Lantern: The Brave & The Bold

Return of Wolverine

X-Men Gold: Back to Basics

X-Men Gold: Evil Empires

X-Men Gold: Mojo Worldwide

X-Men Gold: The Negative Zone War

X-Men Gold: Cruel and Unusual

X-Men Gold: Godwar

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Postpartum Depression Awareness Month

May is Postpartum Depression Awareness Month. We worked with the South Central Mental Health Counseling Center to create a display in the Children’s Library to assist patrons with postpartum concerns and provide local community resources.



Below are several books in our collection that speak on postpartum depression, loss, and mental health issues, which you can find on display in the Children’s Library:

Strong as a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood by Kate Rope

Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief by Kate Inglis

Body Full of Stars by Molly Caro May

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

When Postpartum Packs a Punch: Fighting Back and Finding Joy by Kristina Cowan

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I was Ready by Meaghan O’Connell

Slay Like a Mother: How to Destroy What’s Holding you Back so you Can Live the Life you Want by Katherine Wintsch

Out of the Shadow: Revealing the Path to Recovery by Mark Litzsinger

Beyond the Baby Blues: Anxiety and Depression During and After Pregnancy by Rebecca Star Fox


Interested in a Mom 2 Mom Postpartum Support Group beginning May 14? Check out the flyer below (click the image to make it larger or to download):

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Perinatal Mental Health Support Resources

Local Resources

Sarah Post, LSCSW Monarch Center http://monarchks.org/sarah-post-lscsw/

Noelle Martin, Willow Tree http://www.willowtreewichita.com/clinicians.html

Jenni Harshbarger, Mosaic (316) 842-4727 https://www.mosaicmentalwellness.com/company/

Teresa Mcdonald, Heritage FCS http://heritagefcs.com/teresa-mcdonald/

Behavioral Medicine Specialists (316) 685-5195 behavioralmedicinespecialists.com

Sabrina Hooks, Wichita Family Counseling https://wichitafamilycounseling.com

Pathway Family Counseling (316) 333-5329 x 1600

Thrive Counseling (316) 768-4002

The Breastfeeding Center of Wichita https://www.bcofict.com/

Crisis: COMCARE Community Crisis Center (316) 660-7500


Wichita Support Group

Moms for Moms meets every Tuesday at 1pm. Free and registration not necessary.

151 N. Volutsia St. Treehouse Building Contact Sarah Post (316) 371-1283 or email spost@monarchks.org


Emergency Numbers

Parent Helpline 800-332-6378

Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741-741


Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International warmline 1-800-944-4773

Postpartum Support International (PSI) “Chat with an Expert” meetings every Wednesday postpartum.net

PSI Kansas Coordinators available for phone or email support and county specific resource lists

Melissa Hoffman 785.550.6795 melj0306@gmail.com

Stephanie Young 620.897.7605

PSI online support groups in English and Spanish: Support Groups Central http://www.supportgroupscentral.com

PSI closed Facebook group


For Fathers

PSI Chat with an Expert first Monday of each month postpartum.net

Emotional support for men suffering at Postpartum Men postpartummen.com

Information about mood disorders: click on “Learn more” postpartum.net

Resources for fathers: click on “family-resources for fathers” postpartum.net

Mayo Clinic Guide for Supporting Someone with Depression

Boot Camp for New Dads


Spanish Resources

PSI website can be translated to Spanish (top right) postpartum.net

PSI Spanish warmline phone support 1-800-944-4773

PSI Spanish online support groups supportgroupscentral.com


Medication use in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Infant Risk Center (806-352-2519) or infantrisk.com

Mother to Baby (866-626-6847) mothertobaby.org

Mother Risk (877-439-2744)

Massachusetts General Hospital Women’s Mental Health womensmentalhealth.org


Recommended Websites, Books, and Podcasts

Postpartum Support International postpartum.net

Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for Women of Color https://www.pmhawoc.org

Medical Information, research updates, and articles womensmentalhealth.org

Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating PPD Indman, MFT, & Bennett, PhD

The Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book Sandra Poulin

This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression Karen Kleiman, MSW & Valerie Raskin, MD

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts Amy Wenzel & Karen Kleiman, MSW

The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman, MSW

Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide by Ann Dunnewold, PhD & Diane Sanford, PhD

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook Pamela Weight

The Mindful Way Workbook by J. Teasdale, M. Williams and Z. Legal

Mom and Mind Podcast by Dr. Kat https://drkaeni.com/podcast/

The Wellness Pod by Dr. Shari-ann H. James, PhD. podcast

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