Sharing the Joy of Reading

“Before I came here, I thought I hated to read. Now it’s my favorite thing to do. These books are what get me through the evenings and help me forget where I am.” Watch "Our Story" Video

Sharing the Joy of Reading

“Before I came here, I thought I hated to read. Now it’s my favorite thing to do. These books are what get me through the evenings and help me forget where I am.” Watch "Our Story" Video

Sharing the Joy of Reading

“Before I came here, I thought I hated to read. Now it’s my favorite thing to do. These books are what get me through the evenings and help me forget where I am.” Watch "Our Story" Video

What We Do

In our effort to share the joy of reading with at-risk youth, we create beautiful library spaces where they live.  Within these libraries, we maintain current and high-interest inventory, make reading fun with games and prizes, and personally connect with the kids to inspire them to reap the benefits of reading.

What We Do

In our effort to share the joy of reading with at-risk youth, we create beautiful library spaces where they live.  Within these libraries, we maintain current and high-interest inventory, make reading fun with games and prizes and personally connect with the kids to inspire them to reap the benefits of reading.

About Us

New Chapters is a volunteer group committed to making a wide variety of books available to at-risk youth by creating and maintaining libraries in the facilities where they reside.  This commitment includes fostering a love of books and reinforcing reading skills in the youth served.

About Us

New Chapters is a volunteer group committed to making a wide variety of books available to at-risk youth by creating and maintaining libraries in the facilities where they reside.  This commitment includes fostering a love of books and reinforcing reading skills in the youth served.

Our Library Locations

Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS)

YESS provides a safety net of programs designed to help kids when they need it most, including emergency shelter, crisis nursery care, mental health counseling, and care coordination. YESS is home to Iowa’s largest and most comprehensive emergency shelter for kids, which provides a safe haven and wraparound support to more than 800 children (newborn through age 17) each year.

Polk County Juvenile Detention Center

The Polk County Juvenile Detention Center (PCJD) provides safe and secure detention care for juveniles who require custody, pending legal disposition and placement. The Center emphasizes educational services, personal responsibility, accountability, and respect for self and others.

Orchard Place Campus

Orchard Place Campus is a highly respected residential treatment facility for youth ages 10-17 who are suffering from severe emotional trauma and behavioral problems.  Children in the residential program are in need of intensive mental health services, close medical monitoring, and a highly-structured and safe setting. Orchard Place Campus serves approximately 280 children per year with an average stay of 5.8 months.

Youth Homes of Mid-America

This residential treatment campus provides foster group care treatment for 45 teenage boys, ages 12-18. The treatment program provides care and services on a 24-hour basis to adolescents with behavioral and/or emotional problems of such magnitude that they are not able to remain in their own home.

Support New Chapters

Our donors are valued partners and essential to the success of our mission.

Gallery

A library is a good place to go when you are unhappy, for there in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered.

E.B. White

Appreciation

Many of the youth served by New Chapters have come from very difficult situations.  A big part of our mission is to show the kids that they are worthy of kindness and to restore a bit of their faith in humanity.  It is very rewarding when we reach a child’s heart.

“Reading is an amazing way to float away and be in a parallel universe. When I walked into the library, everything drifted away…The librarians bring such light every week. Library Day is my favorite day of the week.”

“Before coming here I never read because I always thought it wasn’t my thing. But now I’ve read 8 books in only the few days I’ve been here. When I read it pushes out all the bad memories. The fact that I am here and able to read fantastic books is a blessing.”

“I very much appreciate you guys taking time out of your day to help us find good reading books. I’m glad there are people in the world like yourselves who genuinely care for others and that help in the way you do…Thank you for everything you have done for us.”

“Reading is an amazing way to float away and be in a parallel universe. When I walked into the library, everything drifted away…The librarians bring such light every week. Library Day is my favorite day of the week.”

“Before coming here I never read because I always thought it wasn’t my thing. But now I’ve read 8 books in only the few days I’ve been here. When I read it pushes out all the bad memories. The fact that I am here and able to read fantastic books is a blessing.”

“I very much appreciate you guys taking time out of your day to help us find good reading books. I’m glad there are people in the world like yourselves who genuinely care for others and that help in the way you do…Thank you for everything you have done for us.”

“Reading is an amazing way to float away and be in a parallel universe. When I walked into the library, everything drifted away…The librarians bring such light every week. Library Day is my favorite day of the week.”

“Before coming here I never read because I always thought it wasn’t my thing. But now I’ve read 8 books in only the few days I’ve been here. When I read it pushes out all the bad memories. The fact that I am here and able to read fantastic books is a blessing.”

“I very much appreciate you guys taking time out of your day to help us find good reading books. I’m glad there are people in the world like yourselves who genuinely care for others and that help in the way you do…Thank you for everything you have done for us.”

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