New ASCLA Course: “Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience”

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


Kate Todd has her MLS from the University of Denver and an MA in educational technology from New York University. She has worked as a librarian at The New York Public Library and Manhattanville College and taught online courses for ALA since 2008. She has taught Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities (sponsored by ASCLA), and courses sponsored by ALSC. She also presented a training workshop for NYC schools librarians working with incarcerated youth at the Passages Academy.

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

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

Interested in Group Registration?

Groups are defined as two or more librarians/staff from a library or network of libraries who are enrolling in the same course at the same time. Download the group registration form here.


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, ASCLA Web Manager, at

For more information about the course, go here.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!


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