A Rite of Passage

A Rite of Passage

Author: 
Serrano, Lindsy D.
Place: 
Hershey, PA
Publisher: 
IGI Global
Date published: 
2011
Record type: 
Editor: 
Ellis, Karen
Source: 
Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities
Abstract: 

In New York City, over five thousand young adults are taken in to custody by the city’s department of juvenile justice. (Fenster-Sparber, 2008). While in detention, they do not have easy access to books, and literacy is not always a priority. Although attempts have been made to incorporate library sites throughout New York City’s juvenile correctional facilities, students there have limited access to educational materials. Research shows that a higher literacy rate in such facilities can play a vital role in an incarcerated teen’s rehabilitation process. The New York Public Library (NYPL) saw an opportunity to reach students who might otherwise not be able to get access to information and build a long-lasting outreach program with Passages Academy, a multi-site correctional school run by New York City’s Department of Education and the Department of Juvenile Justice. This case study describes New York Public Library’s mission at Passages Academy, which started shortly after Passages was established in 1998 and continues to be a strong community partner today. The author, who also participated in the project, interviewed NYPL librarians and Passages Academy librarians and educators to gain a better understanding of their challenges.

Series: 
Advances in Library and Information Science

CITATION: Serrano, Lindsy D.. A Rite of Passage edited by Ellis, Karen . Hershey, PA : IGI Global , 2011. Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities - Available at: http://library.au.int/rite-passage