Bookstore’s Closing Leaves Bronx Residents Disrupted and Nostalgic

At the end of the year, Barnes & Noble in the Bronx will close, leaving a borough of more than 1.4 million people without a general-interest bookstore. “In poorer neighborhoods, those Barnes & Nobles are a centerpiece. Children begin to understand that reading is a very important part of life by seeing other people reading,” said Susan Neuman, a professor of literacy development at New York University.

Ex-Inmates Helping to Transform Prison Into Building for Women and Girls

“They can walk through the building a thousand times, but when they walk through it with somebody that had to live here, that was incarcerated here, it’s a different vibe,” Cheryl Wilkins said, adding that an advisory committee comprised of formerly incarcerated women regularly meets with NoVo Foundation representatives to plan for the building’s future.

Kids and Drugs: A New Theory

Author and reporter Maia Szalavitz, who writes about substance use and related issues recently spoke with Youth Today and JJIE about her experience and her newest book: “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction,” released in April. Here’s Szalavitz’s take on addiction and its complexities, from her own experience and in her own words.