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It is clear from both anecdotal evidence and a review of professional library literature that the primary focus of library services in detention centers is on providing recreational reading materials and encouraging literacy. While promoting literacy is a core value of every librarian as well as an important step in rehabilitating teens and preparing them to be productive community members, libraries have much more to offer teens and JDCs. By expanding the vision of detention library services to reach beyond literacy and recreational reading, libraries can become integral partners in the mission of the juvenile courts—affecting a positive change in teens and in their communities.


First published in Public Libraries. © American Library Association 2008.