Empowerment Through Information: Librarianship for At-Risk & Incarcerated Youth

Serving the at-risk population is an important part of our jobs that often gets overlooked in conversation, so we have a lot to learn from our team of expert panelists. Please attend this event and hear some fascinating points of view of people who work regularly with the at-risk or incarcerated youth population.

Panelists Include:

Kristopher Turner – Kristopher Turner is the Managing Coordinator of Youth Programs for The Village Place, small non-profit organization working with at-risk youth in Baltimore City. Mr. Turner is currently the Ready By 21 Coordinator for the Family League of Baltimore City.

Amy Cheney – Amy Cheney has over 20 years experience with outreach, program design and creation to serve the underserved including adult inmates in county and federal facilities, students in juvenile halls, non-traditional library users and people of color. She has won two National awards for her work, the I Love My Librarian and the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. She was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.

Micki Freeney – Micki Freeney is Coordinator of Youth Services for the DC Public Library. Micki spent thirty-seven years in the PG County Memorial Library System (MD) from which she retired as the director in July 2008. An active member of the Association for Library Service to Children, she has served on the Caldecott, Newbery, and Sibert Award Committees, and she co-edited First Steps to Literacy for the ALA division.

Joseph Richardson – Joseph Richardson is an Associate Professor in the Department of African-American Studies at the University of Maryland and is the Director of the Young African-American Males in Maryland-Violence Intervention Program. His research primarily focuses on three areas: 1) violence and trauma among young African-American men; 2) HIV risk behaviors among correctional populations;3) parenting strategies for low-income African-American male youth.

Camden Tadhg – Camden Tadhg is the Logistics Team Chair and Webmaster of Library Services for Youth in Custody.

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