TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today that the Mercer County Library System has been selected to host the “Great Stories CLUB” (Connecting libraries, underserved teens and books) book discussion program for troubled teens. The three-part reading and discussion series is developed by the American Library Association, and will run in 180 library systems nationwide.
“Programs such as the ALA ‘Great Stories CLUB’ are just another part of our comprehensive effort to provide educational opportunities to our at-risk youth”, began Hughes. “By providing positive alternatives to the streets, we can help keep Mercer County’s young people out of trouble and on the right track.”
The Great Stories CLUB is a book discussion program created to provide troubled teens with an opportunity to read and discuss three theme-related books, and will be funded by a grant from the ALA. Each title selected for the program focuses on a character who struggles with a serious challenge. As a recipient of this grant from ALA, Mercer County Library System will partner with the Mercer County Juvenile Detention Center to provide book discussions, receive programming resources, as well as copies of the following books for distribution to teen participants: “Born Blue,” by Han Nolan; “The First Part Last,” by Angela Johnson; and “Stuck in Neutral,” by Terry Trueman.
For further information on this grant or other Library programs and services, please contact your local branch or the Library’s website, www.mcl.org.