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1 Library Time While Doing Time Reaching Out To At-Risk Teens in Detention and Shelter Facilities Laura E. Kauffman Special Services, Library System of Lancaster County

2 A little about me [2006-Present] Special Services, Library System of Lancaster County (Pennsylvania) [ ] Millersville University [ ] Clarion University [May 2008] Began services to the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center

3 Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center (YIC) Location: Lancaster, PA Juvenile detention Shelter care Ages Serves Lancaster and surrounding counties My contact: Bryan Hubbard, Program Coordinator

4 Already visit a youth shelter facility? Already visit a youth detention facility? Thinking of visiting a facility? Having difficulties getting in the facility? Already in a facility and doing programs? Already in a facility and running contests? Already in a facility and maintaining a library collection? What is your level of involvement in this area?

5 Life Inside the Facility Know your patron! Know the environment they came from –Be aware of the possibilities –Realize what kind of attitudes/needs this can create Understand the environment/rules inside the facility you are visiting

6 Life Inside the Facility: The Environment They Came From Abusive homes Learning disabilities Environmental factors (where they live, what theyre parents are like) Runaways Low-income Low self esteem Minimal positive role models Teen pregnancy Etc.

7 Life Inside the Facility: Inside the YIC Closely scheduled Visitation: parents, grandparents, legal guardians at a designated time, no children or siblings, only two visitors at a time –Detention: only once/week for one hour –Shelter: twice/week for one hour each visit Somewhat strict environment Always monitored –Shelving position in library Inappropriate programming materials –Sharp, useful –Photographs and confidentiality Book construction

8 Life Inside the Facility: Entering As A Visitor Take nothing in! Enter small foyer, ring intercom Door unlocks, enter Signing in, I.D., locker, medal detector Series of locked doors

9 Life Inside the Facility: From the YIC Website According to the board of directors of the National Juvenile Detention Association (NJDA), the definition of juvenile detention is:National Juvenile Detention Association (NJDA) –Juvenile detention is the temporary and safe custody of juveniles who are accused of conduct subject to the jurisdiction of the court who require a restricted environment for their own, or the communitys protection, while pending legal action. Further, juvenile detention provides a wide range of helpful services that support the juveniles physical, emotional, and social development. Helpful services minimally include: education; visitation; communication; counseling; continuous supervision; medical and health care services; nutrition; recreation; and reading. Juvenile detention includes or provides for a system of clinical observation and assessment that compliments the helpful services and reports findings.

10 Why Get Involved? Common Excuses They dont stay very long, I probably wont make an impact Many of the students will be from outside my service area Someone is already helping them It will feel uncomfortable I may not be safe

11 Why Get Involved? This population is under-served! Librarians can provide positive role models Foster positive attitudes towards libraries –Libraries can be safe places for teenage friends to meet, hang out, and join together in library programs –Initiating interest and respect for libraries can help students assimilate back into life outside the facility and encourage patronage at your library Cut back on learning loss You are not a police officer, a guard, a person from AA, or someone else with a dont do that agenda

12 What to do? Ways To Get Involved Contact your local facility –Find out if they do programming –Do they have volunteers? –Do they have a library? Is there a librarian or staff member that manages the library? –Tell them you are from the local public library and youd like to volunteer your time! Plan –Decide what youd like to focus on –How will you meet this populations needs? –Name your program (Ex: Whats Up With The Library? –Create a logo Visit for programming Organize/maintain the library if no one else is really spending time doing this

13 Program Ideas: My Program Structure 1 hour and 50 minutes 1 unit of students: Max 12, plus staff Structure: –Icebreaker –Game and/or craft –Read Aloud –Another game and/or craft –Library Awareness –Evaluation –Treat –Sometimes a book talk at the end until time is up Remember the importance of their feedback, verbal and thru evaluation form Dont be so serious!

14 Example: Pink and Say Theme: The Civil War Book for Read Aloud: Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco To prepare: –Collect books about the Civil War –Research Civil War game/craft ideas –Research Civil War food ideas –Collect several copies of the book

15 Example: Pink and Say Continued Icebreaker: Adjective/Alliteration Names to introduce ourselves and our personalities –Example: –Each person must say the names given before them and then their own. Movement Game: Ampe –An African game similar to Rock, Paper, Scissors –Video on laptop from Ghana that shows how to play –A tournament! Game: Civil War Slang –A matching game of civil war slang and the modern definitions –Examples: Bread Basket, Lucifers, Sheet Iron Crackers, Jump the Broom Read Aloud: Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco –Let each student have a copy to follow along and see the artwork up close Library Services Awareness –Tell them about the public libraries, share bookmarks and brochures, answer questions –Recent contests or events the library is hosting at the facility Closing: Snack and discussion –Eat hard tack! Give them water and a piece of candy to fix the taste

16 Other Program Ideas Native Americans – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Building Big – The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein Integrity – Black and White by Paul Volponi Books with Bite (Halloween) – Featuring a short story about a vampire Kids as Writers – Teen Ink Under the Sea – The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau Oodles of Doodles – The Pencil by Alan Ahlberg Shakespeare Can Be Fun – The Reduced Shakespeare Company Science Fiction – The Hunger Games Origami (and paper art) – One Red Spot by David A. Carter

17 Program Structure & Ideas Anything to add to program structure? Any other program themes? Any books that youve used?

18 Evaluations

19 Contest Ideas Summer Reading –Read 7 hours –Staff initials –Coupon to a local restaurant –Entered into a grand prize drawing Book Review –Entered into a grand prize drawing Drawing Contest –Cover of the next whats up? magazine Reading BINGO –Example: Printz Award winners on the squares, read in a line to win a cool prize and be entered into a grand prize drawing

20 Other Ideas Whats up? magazine


22 Other Ideas What are your ideas?

23 Book Ideas Walter Dean Myers The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins Bluford High James Patterson Gary Paulsen Money Hungry by Sharon Flake Begging For Change by Sharon Flake Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser Cant Get There from Here by Todd Strasser Boot Camp by Todd Strasser Kimani Tru Ellen Hopkins Orca Soundings Maximum Ride series by James Patterson The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer (although this has died down some) Religious books Biographies about teens/adults living on the streets, overcoming addiction, were locked up and are turning their lives around, abuse, etc. Books about teen- parenting for moms AND for dads (this is popular!)

24 Outside Visitors Find authors, artists, local business owners, magicians, musicians, motivational speakers, etc. to visit the facility during your program Examples of visitors: –Owner of local Comic Store –Magician –Author: Elizabeth Wein (A Coalition of Lions) –Author: Holly Payne (Kingdom of Simplicity) –Musician: Tammi (African Drumming) –Flow Circus: Juggling Workshop

25 Books/Online Tools For Librarians Serving At-Risk Teens: Proven Strategies and Programs for Bridging the Gap by Angela Craig Hold Them in Your Heart: Successful Strategies for Library Services to At-Risk Teens the Library Series) by JoAnn G. Mondowney Extreme Teens: Library Services to Nontraditional Young Adults (Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series) by Sheila B. Anderson BLOG: Whats Good? School Media Reviews for the Passages Crew (the library team at Passages Academy, the New York City Department of Education school for incarcerated and detained youth)

26 Writing Grants Check local newspapers Check websites for local organizations like United Way, Rotary Club, etc. Collect data now –Evaluations after each program –Surveys after contests –Track participation in contests –Know the number of students you are serving/have served and their demographics Have possible projects in mind that youve already thought out Having these ideas in place will make it less time consuming when an opportunity arises!

27 Library Organization & Acquisitions Consider involvement in other ways! Label books and shelves Catalog books through a program like LibraryThing ( Create a check-out station if possible (self-help if no librarian) Self-help posters if librarians are not on duty in the library –How to find what you like –How to return a book to the right place on the shelf Create a book drop off place for returns Learn what the students like to read –Give them opportunities to request books: Evaluations, Verbally, Suggestion Box Purchase books for the center with your library budget or work out a system with the center where you can give input Use posters and other fun displays to make the library a happy place – You can even paint the walls!

28 Photos inside the YIC Library

29 Communicate Constantly Be in constant communication with your facility, if you can Find out how your contact likes to communicate – –Phone Find out whats going on: –How are numbers – are they up or down? –What are the current demographics – have they changed? –New programs you could collaborate with? –What ways can you help? –How many students will you have in your program? Will it be boys or girls?

30 Share With Others

31 Thank you! Laura E. Kauffman Special Services, Library System of Lancaster County Phone: x1254 Blog: Website:

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