VTLIB Healing Kit Interest Survey


The VTLIB Healing Kit project is part of the Vermont’s response to the emergent opioid epidemic. It is separate from, but complimentary to, VTLIB’s Narcan training workshops for public librarians.

Both of projects effectively contribute to the statewide “wrap-around services” highlighted by the Governor’s Opioid Council as part of Vermont’s nationally recognized “hub and spoke” treatment program.   

Audiences for the VTLIB Healing Kits are children and families processing addiction-related grief and stress.  

Each kit contains high-quality fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, as well processing activities and manipulatives for the entire family.

Tentative Bibliography/Contents

55 Favorite Healing Activities for Children [Activity Book]

Healing Your Traumatized Heart [Activity Book]

Healing Your Traumatized Heart for Kids [Activity Book]

Healing Your Traumatized Heart for Teens [Activity Book]

Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father and Dealt with Family Addiction

[Young Adult Memoir – Graphic Novel]

How Do You Doodle? Drawing My Feelings and Emotions [Activity Book]

I Miss You: A First Look at Death [Juvenile Realistic Fiction]

Somebody Cares: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect [Nonfiction]

The Grief Card Game [Manipulative]

When a Family is in Trouble: Children Can Cope with Grief from Drug and Alcohol Addiction [Activity Book]

Why Did You Die? [Activity Book]

1 package of Crayola Colored Pencils [Consumable]


VTLIB curated 120 healing kits, up to 100 of which will be disseminated to public libraries across the state. This will infuse almost 2/3 of the state’s libraries with direct access to the kit while simultaneously establishing a strong foundation for statewide circulation through Vermont’s interlibrary loan program.

Selected libraries will also participate in a 3-hour CE training led by VTLIB’s consulting team and regional experts to create a) the context for the kits, b) the application of the kits in a library setting, and c) responsible use of the kits  - including the library’s limitations on facilitation in their respective communities.


Please take a few moments to fill-out this survey if you would like to receive a healing kit. This survey should be completed by the library director no later than September 30, 2019. Kits will be dispersed on a first-come, first serve basis, with attention also to the needs of specific communities. 

Questions can be directed to either Jennifer Johnson (jennifer.johnson@vermont.gov) or Vin Livoti (vincent.livoti@vermont.gov).

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