Washington: “First State Library For Incarcerated Youth to Open in January”
The first state library for incarcerated youth will open at Echo Glen Children’s Center next month.
Felice Upton, the assistant secretary for juvenile rehabilitation, said at any given time the state has about 450 youth at its facilities.
When Upton arrived at Echo Glen Children’s Center, she said the same services were not available.
“There’s no human in the library and there’s nobody to connect with kids and teach them that they can find and lose themselves in a book,” Upton said.
Upton reached out to Institutional Library Services (ILS), which agreed that there was a need for a full-time, experienced librarian to be on campus.
A partnership between the Department of Children, Youth and Families, the Secretary of State’s Office, and Washington State Library, ILS is why the first state library for incarcerated youth is about to open.
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