Guest Blogger

How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience

In 2013 Rebecca Hickman wrote an ALSC blog post about Serving Children Whose Parents Are Incarcerated.   She included tips for making the library a welcoming, non-judgmental environment.  She also identified some book titles that addressed this topic.  Most people are understandably reluctant to discuss the experience of incarceration.  As I considered ways that children could learn about what happens in prison, I began reading books for children and teens.  The result of this exploration is a new online course that I will be offering with the sponsorship of ASCLA, the ALA division that represents librarians providing service to the incarcerated and detained. Going to Jail:  How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience, is a four week online course, taught in the ALA Moodle site, which will begin February 24, 2014 and run through March 23, 2014.  The course will provide an opportunity for librarians to read and discuss several books…