Programming at the facilities is funded, in part, by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.
Outreach serves the following facilities:
Adult Corrections Facility (ACF)
About the ACF
Outreach staff visit both men's and women's sections weekly to deliver and take information and material requests. In addition, the Library provides the following programs:
To help residents better prepare for their release, Outreach Services developed the Freedom Ticket program to promote the library as a reentry resource. The program offers job resource workshops at the facility as well as a newsletter and website with information about community reentry resources and library programs that could benefit people leaving corrections facilities.
Read to Me
Read to Me fosters early literacy and intergenerational reading by empowering incarcerated parents to overcome the hurdles of reentry as a parent through reading. Librarian-facilitators and a volunteer work with inmates to select age-appropriate books and record themselves reading to their child. The recording is given to the child to listen to at home, and the parent is encouraged to read to their child during visitations and at home upon release.
ACF residents select one book to read and discuss. All participants receive a copy of the book, participate in a discussion group, attend a performance, and ask questions of representatives from resource agencies. Past books discussed were The Soloist by Steve Lopez, The Secret Life of Bees by Susan Monk Kidd, and The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris.
Public Safety Facility (PSF)
About the PSF
Library service at the PSF consists of a collection of donated and withdrawn paperbacks distributed on book trucks to the eight sections of the jail.
County Home School (CHS)
About the CHS
Library staff deliver books and magazines to the CHS cottages once a month. There are also monthly visits to the library in the school, monthly book talks, as well as other activities as part of the Great Transitions Program.
Great Transitions Program
The Great Transitions Program serves young adult residents of the CHS and is designed to acquaint them with the public library and how its resources can help them make the transition from corrections back into the community. Components of the program include Read to Me geared toward teen parents, information literacy instruction, creative writing workshops, author visits, and production of the literary magazine Diverse-City.
Juvenile Detention Center (JDC)
About the JDC
Library staff visit the JDC twice a month with new and donated library materials, take requests from residents, and work with teachers at Stadium View High School.