Want to Join LSYC (Library Services for Youth in Custody)? Fill out our membership form --> http://www.youthlibraries.org/lsyc-membership-form
Why should you become a member?
to network, share ideas, problem-solve, and get to know others in your field
to increase the ability of the juvenile correctional library field to advocate for itself
to create tools that will assist all of us in doing the work we feel passionate about
to get involved in an awesome organization and get experience organizing on the national level
Library Services for Youth in Custody (LSYC) is an organization serving the needs of and advocating for those who provide library services for youth in custody, which would include, at the least, incarcerated/detained/committed youth in both juvenile & adult settings in municipal, county, local, state, or federal facilities, including ICE detention centers and youth in secure mental health or rehab settings, and might also include at-risk youth in other forms of group housing or government custody.
All across America, youth are incarcerated or detained with little or no access to high-interest, culturally relevant library materials or engaging programming. Research has shown that free and independent reading is the number one tool to improve literacy, a vital component to reducing recidivism. Because youth come from and will return to all communities, library services for these youth are vital to everyone. This site is designed to share best practices and facilitate networking between people providing library services to incarcerated and detained youth and to encourage everyone to promote and support high quality library services to incarcerated youth in their communities.
For more information about LYSC, please see What is LSYC?