Fear is Alive: Creating a Library Environment that Addresses the Needs of Young Patrons with Anxiety Issues

Anxiety-afflicted children need assistance and support, and as librarians, we are often on the front lines of helping kids deal with fear and other mental health challenges. This presentation reviews methods for identifying, addressing, and remediating children’s anxiety issues.


Jason Edwards
Rogue Bear InterACTIVE Adventures
Jason Edwards is an award-winning author and producer of educational enrichment programs with degrees in Psychology and Education and over 30 years of experience developing innovative ways to engage, empower, and inspire children. He shares his stories and his interACTIVE adventures all across the nation where his books and his whimsical shows have earned accolades at hundreds of schools, libraries, and reading festivals. His work has received the Mom’s Choice Award for Family Friendly Media, the LitPick Top Choice Award, an endorsement from the ADAA, and been showcased in the Children’s Book Council recommended reading list.

Jan Friedman
Rogue Bear Press
Jan Friedman is an executive and a parent who has nearly three decades of experience engaging with psychology professionals and developing plans for addressing children's anxiety issues.