The Remann Hall Book Club serves youth in the Remann Hall juvenile detention facility, providing a twice-monthly book club experience for them. The books are delivered at the beginning of the week, with Book Club meeting on Thursday evenings.
The youth get to keep the books, and they are the only personal possessions the youth are allowed.
In addition the meetings of the Book Club, there is also a library onsite with a wide range of books available.
The Remann Hall Book Club began as the brainchild of Margaret and Craig Ross of University Place, Washington, as a way to help youth in detention experience quality literature and grow to love books. With the enthusiastic support of the Pierce County Juvenile Court, volunteers, and the generosity of donors, the Book Club has continued to grow and thrive.
The current program managers of the Remann Hall Book Club are Mary Gorman and Deborah Jordan. Craig and Margaret Ross continue as treasurer and adviser, respectively.
Remann Hall is a juvenile detention facility serving Pierce County.
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The Book Club has been featured in the following places:
The New York Times: Reading Langston Hughes and Charles Blow with Youth in Detention
The News Tribune: Touching Hearts at Tacoma’s Remann Hall – one book at a time
Northwest Book Lovers: King’s Books Supports Remann Hall Book Club for Youth in Detention
Gifted Guru: That Time I Went to Jail
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