“I had the privilege of attending the Common Ground: Community, Courts, Kids, and Education conference on November 7, 2019. The speaker for the day was Dr. Leonard Sax, a physician and psychologist focused on issues around child development and parent/child dynamics. He shared many tools with the attendees to help them better connect with the students. However, what I most connected with was learning about some of the research that has been conducted into how children develop and the tools and characteristics that need to be developed within them in order for them to grow into successful and healthy adults. It turns out that self-control is a strong indicator of these positive attributes. It was fascinating, especially when thinking about our current culture and how we seem to be pushing towards faster everything and more instantaneous feedback”.
–Amanda McKay, Effingham Public Library, Director
Adam Roloff, with SIU School of Medicine attended to represent and promote the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the Greater Midwest Region. “I was so happy that I could be there! Dr. Sax was a phenomenal speaker and I was telling the library director here about him and she suggested that I should find out his contact information and maybe we could see about getting a grant for him to come and speak here at SIU next year. So I’d call that a success!”