Fostering Engagement and Learning Among an Underserved Segment of the Population: Reaching People in Juvenile Detention Centers

This presentation considers an underserved population that has likely been further left behind during the pandemic–young people in juvenile detention centers. In a collaboration between two public libraries serving very different communities in the same county—a county with numerous juvenile detention facilities–the librarians identified the opportunity to provide programming for these young people in person prior to the pandemic and to re-imagine and redesign the programming for a virtual format. The project provides the opportunity for the librarians to tailor programming, combining technology, team building, problem solving, reading and writing for individuals in a particularly isolated setting.

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Oct 08 2021


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm




  • Mark Winston
    Mark Winston
    Executive Director, J. Lewis Crozer Library

    Mark Winston is the Executive Director of the J. Lewis Crozer Library, in Chester, Pennsylvania. He has spent most of his career in library management and university faculty positions. His library and academic affairs roles have included the positions of Development Officer and Head of Adult Services, Engagement Officer, Assistant University Librarian, and Assistant Chancellor and Library Director, as well as full-time teaching faculty member. He has also served as a leadership, organizational development, and diversity consultant and trainer, working with a range of academic, corporate, and public sector client organizations. His research and publications, focusing on various aspects of leadership, diversity, ethics, access to information, and economic inequality, have included three books and more than forty authored or co-authored journal articles and book chapters.

  • Mary Gazdik
    Mary Gazdik
    Director, Middletown Free Library

    Mary Gazdik has over 25 years of experience providing library services to the community. She is the the Director of the Middletown Free Library in Media, PA. Mary founded the library’s makerspace, CreateSpace@MFL in 2013, to provide hands-on creative learning experiences to children and teens. She has published two books on maker learning in libraries and is a frequent speaker at conferences and Maker Faires. Mary’s library experience includes work at a Teen and Children’s Librarian at the New York Public Library and Free Library of Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Library Science from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. She has received two Best Practices Awards from the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Youth Services Division for her Minecraft in Real Life Club and TechniGals Summer STEAM Camp.