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Books on Brain Injuries are a Great Addition to Library

By: Maegan Partee, Special Contributor

Finding facts about traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) is now a lot easier. The Regional Medical Center at Memphis donated 21 books to the Memphis Public Library and Information Center in March for Brain Injury Awareness Month.

The Traumatic Brain Injury Service at The MED contacted the Library through LINC 2-1-1 (Library Information Center). Adult Services Collection Development Librarian Melissa Skipper said, “I was glad that The MED contacted us to share the resources with the community. This is a good partnership.”

The books and DVDs are about traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), the science of the brain, and tips on coping for victims and families. The book My Parent Has a Brain Injury: A Guide for Young People by Jo Johnson is one of the coping guides in the Health Information Center.

 TBI is a type of brain injury that is caused by a severe blow to the head.  In the DVD Understanding BRAIN INJURY: What You Should Know About Brain Injury and Recovery, doctors and cranial specialists explain head injuries and recovery. TBI: Shaken, but Not Stirred by Joyce Little Fahl tells about the author’s struggle with TBI, the legal system, and adjusting to life after her accident.

Brain injuries occur less often in adults than children due to the soft skulls found in children and babies. Brain Development in Children and Adolescents: What Happens After Brain Injury? by Ronald Savage Ed.D describes the changes that young children undergo after a brain injury.

Books in the collection also cover PTSD, a severe condition that occurs after one or more traumatic episodes that put large amounts of stress on the brain. The End of Stress as We Know It by Bruce McEwen and Elizabeth Norton Lasley shows the results of a study on the relationship between stress and the brain.

These books are especially beneficial for children who have parents struggling with PTSD or a brain injury. “The children’s books are great because it is much less scary when you have an idea of what is going to happen. It eases the parent’s burden of explaining the situation to them,” explained Skipper. The Get Well Soon Balloon! by Vicki Sue Parker helps children to understand emotions they experience if their parent has a brain injury. This is one of three books in the Children’s Department on the first floor of the Central Library.

With books on each floor of the Central Library, the collection also offers books on brain science. John Lloyd the reference librarian for the Business and Sciences Department said, “Anything in this collection is beneficial because it provides more sources of information.”

For more information about the donated books, contact the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at (901) 415-2700.