Children’s Books Donated to Willmar Public Library

Children's Librarian Kathy Torkelson (left) receives a donation of 18 children's books from Kathy Thonvold (center) and Renita Thonvold (right), representing WCDAN and Memory Café.

Children’s Librarian Kathy Torkelson (left) receives a donation of 18 children’s books from Kathy Thonvold (center) and Renita Thonvold (right), representing WCDAN and Memory Café.

WCDAN presented a collection of 18 children’s books on the subject of dementia to Willmar Public Library today.  Memory Café meets twice monthly at the library and the librarians have been instrumental in helping Memory Café attendees find information on caregiving and dementia.  “We absolutely appreciate that space,” said facilitator Kathy Thonvold.  Facilitator Renita Thonvold said that the caregivers and persons with dementia who attend Memory Café often visit the library after their gathering.  “It’s a wonderful social environment for them that isn’t associated with medical visits.”

Children’s Librarian Kathy Torkelson received the donated books on behalf of the library.  She thanked Kathy and Renita, as well as the WCDAN organization.  “We greatly appreciate the books, and the great service you provide to the community,” she said.

Stop by the library to check out a book for your favorite child who might need help understanding a family member who is living with dementia.  There are books for a variety of children’s reading levels, ethnicities, and familial relationships such as grandma and grandpa.

One book, “Always My Grandpa,” written by Linda Scacco and illustrated by Nicole Wong, is subtitled “A Story for Children about Alzheimer’s Disease.”  It is for reading levels Kindergarten and up.

Another book, “Weeds in Nana’s Garden,” written and illustrated by Kathryn Harrison, is “a heartfelt story of love that helps explain Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.”  It is for reading levels Kindergarten through 4th Grade.

Memory Café is funded in part by a Minnesota Board on Aging state grant.

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