The Read for Resilience program taught children in the third grade and below about expressing their feelings on Saturday at the Walt Branch library.

It also educated parents on ways to work with their children.

"We started the program as a response to help families with young children cope with the natural disasters that occurred in Nebraska and then also give families some strategies for how to help children cope and process with either stressful or traumatic events," said Amy Napoli, a UNL professor. 

After reading, parents were lead to another room to discuss books and ways to cope while the children made crafts. One of importance was the worry stone, where kids rolled modeling clay and pushed their fingerprints in it. The stone is supposed to help calm the children when they are stressed.

"I sometimes get worried, I  just like to think of my brother and my mom and dad," said Aarav Sharma, a nine-year-old. "Like if I'm in school and I get worried I can just press rub this and them my worries will be gone." 

Napoli adds that grown ups can sometimes forget that children can be stressed. So, she gives tips to help parents bond more with their children.

"Reading storybooks is one great thing and asking questions to children, kind of helping process, and think about their emotions," said Napoli. "Giving them strategies if you feel angry instead of responding right away pause and take a deep breath." 

For more information, visit https://child.unl.edu/read4resilience