Asnuntuck Community College’s Novel Idea Book Club, with support from Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s Student Government Association and Campus Activity Board, collected more than 300 books from the students, faculty, and staff at Asnuntuck Community College. Teen and tween books were donated to the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Juvenile Detention Centers in Hartford and Bridgeport to enhance their libraries.
Asnuntuck’s Interim Dean of Academics Teresa Foley presented the idea of a collection to student leaders. The Novel Idea Book Club coordinated the collection, which was led by Asnuntuck student Manny Feliu.
Asnuntuck Professor John Sheirer and Dean Foley compiled a list of appropriate books. The campus community donated new or gently used books to the collection.
“The students took great pride in their first campus wide initiative and were overwhelmed and excited by the generosity of the ACC community. They are happy to share their love of reading and learning with students of all ages,” said Dean Foley.
The Judicial Branch’s Court Support Services Division (CSSD) Juvenile Residential Services (JRS) Unit operates a range of both voluntary and court-ordered residential programs and centers designed to meet the unique needs of juveniles who come into contact with the juvenile court system.
JRS includes a network of programs and services, including two detention centers in Bridgeport and Hartford, and numerous contracted residential programs.
Judge Bernadette Conway, who is Chief Administrative Judge of Juvenile Matters said, “The Connecticut Judicial Branch is thrilled that the students, faculty and staff at Asnuntuck Community College took the time — and devoted their energy — to collecting so many books to donate to the juvenile detention centers in Hartford and Bridgeport. It’s a win-win for everyone, but most of all for the young people in our care. We are tremendously appreciative and thank Asnuntuck for its hard work, heavy lifting and goodwill in making this contribution.”
Interim Executive Assistant to Asnuntuck’s Chief Executive Officer Sharntae Wilson; Juvenile Detention Program and Services Supervisor Kim Ellsworth; ACC Interim CEO Michelle Coach; Juvenile Detention Program and Services Supervisor Roger Maybin; ACC student Judy Crowningshield; Director of Family and Juvenile Services Deborah Fuller; Juvenile Detention Classification and Program Officer Christine Slattery; Superintendent of the Harford Juvenile Detention Center Karl Alston; ACC student Manny Feliu; ACC student Brendon Perrier; ACC student Elizabeth Calvin, and Juvenile Detention Classification and Program Officer Patti Uccello were present for the donation of 300 books from Asnuntuck’s students, staff and faculty.