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Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center

In April 2012, the Hennepin County Library's Outreach unit opened a new library in the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center. Moving into a large unoccupied mod from a small room adjacent to the gym, the new location provides JDC residents with not just more books, but a real library environment. Normally, library staff visit JDC on 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month in the afternoon. A schedule allows JDC staff to bring residents to the library at other times. The library has over 3,000 books. They are a mix of fiction and nonfiction in hardback and paperback. In non-fiction, residents will find books in the areas of: Sports, Self-Help, Poetry, Math/Science, Urban Studies, Religion, and Art. There are also sections on Latino, Native American, and Afican-American studies. Fiction is available from most authors such as: Stephen King, Eric Jerome Dickey, Gary Paulsen, Walter Dean Myers, John Sandford, and James Patterson. There is a large section of graphic novels, Simpsons comics, and Manga. Some materials are in Spanish. The library does not provide items which present a threat to the security of the JDC or materials which have been deemed inappropriate by JDC administration. Students may also request materials not available at the JDC library which will dropped off at their mod, normally within week. For more information, contact Patrick Jones, Senior Librarian for Outreach (email or call 612-543-8859).


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