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2011 Agreement Hennepin County Library and District 287

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This Agreement is made and entered into by and between the Hennepin County Library, hereinafter referred to as “HCL”, and Intermediate District 287’s educational program located at the Hennepin County Home School, hereinafter referred to as “Epsilon”. The Hennepin County Library extends library service to residents of Hennepin County Home School (HCHS) in acknowledgment of their restricted access to public libraries. In providing this service, it is recognized that the informational and recreational needs of residents in institutional settings that are balanced against the facility's overall objectives regarding treatment and security. This Agreement covers only those library services provided directly to the Epsilon program. A separate agreement is signed between the Hennepin County Library (HCL) and Department of Community Corrections (DCC).



  1. This Agreement shall be in force and effect from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

2. The Outreach Section of Hennepin County Library (HCL) will be responsible for providing library services to the Epsilon program. Outreach Manager, Patrick Jones will be the staff contact for the Library branch located at the HCHS. Jody Delau, Administrative Intern, will be the primary administrative contact for the Epsilon program.

3. The scope of the collection will restrict only those materials that present a threat to the security of the institution and/or the advancement of treatment programs. Specific titles/subjects have been identified as restricted, and a process designed for staff to request additional items be removed from the library collection. (See Attachment A).

4. Materials selected and provided to the Epsilon program as part of the HCL collection shall meet the cultural, informational, educational and recreational needs of the residents. Materials selected will be based upon a collection development plan completed by the HCL in cooperation with HCHS and Epsilon staff.

5. Library cards used to check out materials will have a fine free status. Overdue notices will be sent for unreturned materials. There will be no charge to Epsilon for damaged or lost materials, but Epsilon staff will make every effort to see that library materials are returned and in satisfactory condition.



1. The Outreach Section will maintain a branch library at the HCHS. All books, fixtures, and posters are property of the HCL. Outreach staff will visit the HCL on a monthly basis to add new materials, purge older materials as appropriate, and obtain requests from HCHS residents. HCHS staff and Epsilon staff will work with the Outreach Section to develop a schedule of visits so that HCHS residents have ample access to the library.

2. HCL will deliver requested materials to the HCHS administration building once a week. Epsilon staff will distribute these materials to the students. The returned books will be boxed, labeled “Return to OS” and placed on the administration building loading dock for weekly pickup.

3. HCL staff will provide regular booktalks for English classes and supply multiple copies of requested titles. Language arts teachers may also request other titles for students at any time by email to the HCL Outreach Manager.

4. At least one time during the year, representatives from the HCL will meet with HCHS and Epsilon Program Administrator or designee to evaluate library services.

5. If funding is available, school year programs such as author visits, creative writing workshops, publication of a literary magazine, etc will be developed by the HCL in conjunction with Epsilon program administrative staff.

6. The language arts teacher(s) will be primary staff requesting materials from residents.



1. Modifications to the terms and conditions of this Agreement may be made during the contract term subject to prior approval of the parties.


For the Hennepin County Library


Patrick Jones

Outreach Manager

For the Epsilon Program / District 287


Jody Delau

Administrative Intern



1. The scope of the collection will restrict only those materials that present a threat to the security of the institution and/or the advancement of treatment programs. The materials listed below have been deemed by HCL staff as a threat to security or interfering with the advancement of treatment programs, and thus will not be brought onto the campus by HCL staff, by volunteers engaged by the HCHS, or by family members of HCHS residents.

2. The responsibility of monitoring the materials referenced herein primarily rests with HCHS staff. However, HCL and Epsilon staff is expected to be vigilant in ensuring that such materials are not allowed into the school or other areas of the facility.

3. If HCHS staff wishes to have materials prohibited for all residents, they should fill out the appropriate form and send to Jody Delau, Administrative Intern. The reconsideration form will be sent to Patrick Jones at the library who will gather information about the materials in question. He will convene a meeting of a representative from Epsilon and DCC. This group of three will decide if the material should be retained or removed from HCHS. Materials will only be restricted upon completion of the Request for Reconsideration form process.

4. HCL staff will not distribute any publication or materials determined to be detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the HCHS. Publications which may not be distributed include but are not limited to those which meet one of the following criteria: (a) they depict or describe procedures for the construction or use of weapons, ammunition, bombs or incendiary devices; (b) they depict, encourage, or describe methods of escape from correctional facilities, or contains blueprints, drawings or similar descriptions of the same; (c) they depict or describe procedures for the brewing of alcoholic beverages, or the manufacture of drugs; (d) they are written in code; (e) they depict, describe or encourage activities which may lead to the use of physical violence or group disruption; (f) they encourage or instruct in the commission of criminal activity; (g) they contain sexually explicit material which by its nature or content pose a threat to the security, good order, or discipline of the HCHS; (h) homophobic, pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material or other visual depictions that are harmful to students; (i) materials that use obscene, abusive, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, disrespectful, or sexually explicit language; (j) materials that use language or images that are inappropriate in the education setting or disruptive to the educational process; (k) information or materials that could cause damage or danger of disruption to the educational process; (l) materials that use language or images that advocate violence or discrimination toward other people (hate literature) or that may constitute harassment or discrimination or create a serious danger of violence in the facility; (m) materials depicting martial arts; and (n) materials depicting tattooing.

5. Books and materials requested that are not on the approved list, or have not been previously barred by the HCL, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis prior to being distributed to residents of the HCHS.

6. Residents in Cottage 3 may receive comic books on the approved reading list. Residents in TLC and cottage 2 may receive magazines that are on the approved reading list. Residents in Cottage 4 are prohibited from any magazine with heavy sexual or violent content, and any book featuring murder, rape, or overt sexual content. Residents in Cottages 6 may not receive comic books or magazines.


Request for Reconsideration of materials at Hennepin County Home School

Author: ________________________________________

Title: ________________________________________


How does this item present a threat to the security of the institution and/or the advancement of treatment program? Please be specific, citing pages or passages if possible.





Name: ________________________________________

Cottage#: ________________________________________

Phone: ________________________________________

Email: ________________________________________


Please send to Administrative Intern, Jody Delau

Please note that materials that are considered a threat to security or the advancement of treatment programs are not to be permitted in any area of the Hennepin County Home School.


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