Thursday, February 6, 2014

Feb/Mar: Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience (ASCLA)

Four week course
Live sessions
Thursdays, Feb. 24-Mar. 23, 2014

Books for children and young adults can portray how jail sentences impact individuals, their children, their parents and their community.

Course Description: In this new 4-week course, you'll read several juvenile books, from picture books to teen novels, which explore the prison experience. You'll analyze the books in an online discussion, discuss age appropriate information that should be provided for youth, look at statistics about who goes to jail and consider the role that libraries can play in assisting patrons dealing with these issues. The discussion/chat can also be a model for librarians who want to lead book discussions for their patrons.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants who complete this course should be able to:
assist children, young adults, parents and teachers in finding age appropriate books that portray the impact of incarceration;
become familiar with resources that provide facts and research about the population in the United States that is behind bars;
Develop appropriate services for their communities that address literacy and other needs of families impacted by correctional facilities.
Students who complete the required coursework for “Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience” will receive 1.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

Who Should Attend: If you are a children’s, young adult or youth librarian in a public library, an Outreach librarian in public library, a library media specialist in a school or juvenile detention center, a prison librarian or any library staff member interested in children’s books or correctional facilities, this is the course for you!

Date(s) & Time(s)
February 24 - March 23, 2014
Four live online sessions using chat in Join Me (
Chat 1: Thursday, February 27, 1:00-2:00 pm CST
Chat 2: Thursday, March 6, 1:00-2:00 pm CST
Chat 3: Thursday, March 13, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT
Chat 4: Thursday, March 20, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT

Registration Fees (these fees reflect the $20 increase for courses offering CEU credits)
$150 for ASCLA members
$195 for ALA members
$230 for non-ALA members
$120 for student members and retired members