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Special Award

Photo: Mary Driscoll, right, accepted the 2010 Special Award on behalf of Dane County Library Service from SCLS Board President Janet Pugh.Dane County Library Service

Dane County Library Service and Mary Driscoll have worked with the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center for years, and have created an amazing partnership that serves a teen population in need.

Outreach programs to these incarcerated teens include book discussion and homework help groups. They also provide opportunities for teens to express their creativity through writing, poetry, and other media, and they continue to purchase high interest/low reading level books for the detention center. Finally, Dane County Library Service pairs audio and print versions of books to help these teens improve their literacy skills.

Whenever possible, Mary meets with the teens to gather their input about new programs, services and materials. She makes every effort to ensure the voice of these teens is heard, and reflected in a program that meets their personal needs.

This is not an easy population to serve, but Mary and the Dane County Library Service take on the task with the knowledge that they have an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of these young people.

Congratulations to Mary and the Dane County Library Service.

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