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2010-2011 Plan Hennepin County Library & Juvenile Detention Center

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Hennepin County Library / Stadium View School / JDC plan for 2010 - 2011


The Hennepin County Library will expand its award-winning Great Transitions to the Stadium View School as collaboration between Minneapolis Public Schools, Hennepin County Community Corrections, and the Outreach Department of the Library.


Great Transitions provides intensive, participatory literacy and library-related programming for students during their incarceration at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center. Previous surveys from residents indicate increased amounts of reading, improved attitudes about reading, and better self-concept as readers as a results of Library Outreach.





Comment ./ Change

Library @ JDC


The Outreach Department maintains a library on site at the JDC in a small room in the gym containing a collection of about 3,000 books and magazines. Materials in the library are not catalogued, nor shelved in Dewey order.


The current library will move from the gym to a room on the 5th floor. Library staff will be involved in planning new space, including moving of materials. Residents will be engaged in the planning of fixtures, posters, etc related to the library.

Library @ JDC


Library staff visit JDC on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month to bring new books and magazines, take requests for titles, and provide information services and readers advisory. During the school year, Library staff visit classrooms; on non-school days, library services run out of the small gym library.




The current model of Library staff visiting classroom may need to change, and library staff will instead work with residents in JDC library on days of visits. Due to block scheduling, in order to see all students, library visits would change to once month on back-to-back days. The Library would be open for use by teacher / JDC staff all other days.

Library @ JDC


The library has over 3,000 books that are a mix of fiction and nonfiction. The collection is provided a public library and contains a wide variety of materials, many that would not be in a school library. A service agreement provides guidelines on materials not allowed in the collection. If JDC / Stadium View staff object to materials housed in the library, there is a reconsideration process for them to follow.


The focus on the collection will change from popular reading to school success. This might however, require MPS to provide the collection for the new library based on MSP media services collection plan, as well as staffing. HCL would then provide materials for recreational reading and send them directly to the mods.

Author visit

The Library hosts a visit by a YA author with a focus on books which have appeal to urban teens. Past authors have included authors Sharon Draper and Jacqueline Woodson.

12/2010 or 4/2011

The Library would provide a copy of the author's books for each resident, and Language Art teacher would prepare students for the visit.


The library can support bookclubs at JDC by providing multiple copies of titles or by using the Book Club in a Bag program


The Great Stories Book Club through the American Library Association could be a source for materials. The Library would take lead on applying, but Library staff could not run this or any other book club.


Library staff can provide students with booklists of titles of interest.


If internet access is established, students could create their own booklists on the Library's Teen Links


Booktalks are short advertisements for books of interest to students. Librarians could visit every other month to supplement Language Arts teachers. Residents request titles from the booktalks, which are then delivered to the school to distribute to students.

Every other month beginning 10/2010

First date will in October. Booktalkers will work with Language Arts teacher directly to schedule visits. Due to block scheduling, however, not all students may view booktalks.

Early Literacy

As part of the new JDC library, a collection of board books, picture books, and easy nonfiction will be established, as well as books on the importance of reading to children


This collection will complement both the Read to Me program and the JDC Lobby project

Homework Hub

The Library runs a homework tutoring program (Homework Hub) in several libraries. In this program, volunteers work with students on homework. This could be expanded to a weekly visit to the JDC "after school program"


Library would provide volunteers.

Information literacy

Instruction by librarians on using the Library's Teen Links electronic resources to find information for school success on HCL web site could take place on a regular basis in the JDC library.


The Library and JDC will need to work to expand the Library's network to allow for filtered Internet searching (similar to recent project at Adult Corrections Facility

Job search workshops

The library would provide a workshop for residents about how to use the library's web site to locate job information. This is a hands-on workshop requiring access to the Internet


The Library and JDC will need to work to expand the Library's network to allow for filtered Internet searching (similar to recent project at Adult Corrections Facility

Library Cards

Working with Transition Specialist, the Library could arrange for new library cards for JDC residents / waiving of previous fines (although not fees for lost materials). As part of process of applying for a card, residents would also be given a survey to complete about their literacy experience within JDC.

Ongoing, starting 9/2010

This would take approval of Library Director, and a process which would ensure information needed for cards is transmitted to Outreach on a timely manner.

Literary Magazine

Outreach, working with the Library Foundation of Hennepin County, will publish a literary magazine. Students would submit up writing and art for publication, which is vetted by JDC / Stadium View staff for inappropriate content. The finished publication is distributed widely, with student authors receiving multiplies copies, as well as copies for other students, JDC / Stadium View staff, and other stakeholders.


The library does not have funding to do anything but publish the magazine. All other tasks, such as creative writing workshops, recruiting for submission, and preparing materials for publication would be the responsibility of JDC / Stadium View staff object

Read To Me

The Library could expand the "Read to Me" program to JDC. In this three-week workshop librarians and volunteers teach participants about the importance of reading to their early literacy skills, such as how to read to their children. At the end, participate are recorded reading a book. The book and recording are then sent home for the child.


The JDC volunteer coordinator would need to assist in recruiting volunteers. Library staff would provide the training, which would be done in the classroom rather than in the mods.

Service Agreement

The Library will develop service agreements which outline the role / responsibility of each partner, including financial contributions


The Library currently has such an agreement with JDC, but not with Stadium View.

Student book requests

Students could request books through their Language Arts teachers. Every other Wednesday, the Library ships materials to JDC. These books could be distributed by the Language Arts Teacher and/or by Library staff during twice-monthly visits.

Ongoing, starting 9/2010

If JDC / Stadium View staff object to materials sent by the library, there is a reconsideration process for them to follow.

Success Academy

The Library currently offers no library service to Success Academy.


While the Success Academy is connected to JDC, students are attending a MPS school. It is the policy of the Hennepin County Library not to act as a school library for schools in the community.

Other support

Stadium View staff may request materials (books, DVDs, audio books) to support their instruction directly from the library. The library can often provide classroom sets of titles. The library can also provide on using the Library's Teen Links electronic resources to find information on the library's web site.


Issues related to networking / Internet filters will need to be resolved.


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