Full library available at the Pima County Detention Center


TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – At the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center, reading is part of the culture.

Stephanie Mitchell, the residence’s librarian, explains that “libraries in juvenile detention centers are becoming increasingly rare”.

She adds, “What we’re doing is providing a library and a literacy program that’s right there.

This is part of the Pima County Library Branches.

Children between the ages of 8 and 18 who are in the juvenile detention center can go to the library where the atmosphere is set up in a self-service environment.

Mitchell says, “the collection here is curated and especially curated here for this very small population.”

Just like in a regular library, when one book comes in, another comes out.

Shannon Kinne, Programming and Training Manager, says, “Reading is therapeutic. Kids really like picking up a good book and having time for themselves to really divulge in literature. And educational too. »

She adds, “During their time here they tend to really focus on where I’m going from here, the transition is important so how do I fit the library into my future.”

Through the power of books, children can reflect on what their lives will be like once they leave the detention center.

The cool thing about the facility is that once a child leaves, they can choose one of six books to take home and keep forever.


Heidi Alagha is an anchor and reporter for KGUN 9. Heidi spent 5 years as a morning anchor in Waco where she was named Best Anchor Team by the Texas Associated Press. When Heidi is not working, she enjoys watching movies, spending time with her dog Louie and visiting her family. Heidi is also bilingual. She speaks Arabic. Heidi is very happy to call Tucson her new home and can’t wait to explore all the wonderful places Tucson has to offer. Share your story ideas and important issues with Heidi via email [email protected] or by connecting to Facebook, instagramand Twitter.


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