NCRL News and Events

Library brings books to juvenile center

Michelle McNiel - Monday, January 23, 2017

Twice a month, North Central Regional Library's teen services manager Luke Ellington visits the Chelan County Juvenile Justice Center to meet with youth serving sentences or awaiting court hearings.

He brings books, talks about popular teen books and demonstrates some of NCRL's makerspace technology to youth who attend school daily at the center. He has also lead students in writing exercises.

Last month, Ellington brought one of NCRL's Egg-Bot machines to the center and the students and staff were able to make personalized Christmas ornaments.

"Reading was already very popular with youth inside when I began, and I want to do everything I can to encourage these teens and 'tweens to continue reading when they're out," said Ellington, who previously worked as a work-crew supervisor for incarcerated youth in Kittitas County.  

The students look forward to Ellington's visits, said Michelle Lindell, a Wenatchee School District teacher who instructs youth in the juvenile center. They are able to check out library books and read in their rooms.

"I love listening to them talk about books," she said. "They recommend books to each other, talk about authors and characters, and books often get handed around between them."

What you got with your card in 2016

Michelle McNiel - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

North Central Regional Library card holders checked out more than two million books, audiobooks, DVDs and other materials in 2016, setting a record for checkouts for the second year in a row!

In all, our patrons collectively checked out 2,224,688 items in 2016, topping last year's 2,149,478.

Here's what you checked out the most:


Top overall book

Popular for book clubs 

Children's Book

Teen Book



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