Berkeley Public Library Presents Author Jan Elise Sells discussing Lost and Found: Healing Troubled Teens in Troubled Time

December 10, 2013

Shani Leonards
Supervising Librarian
Claremont Branch

Berkeley, December 9, 2013—Bullying, drug experimentation, sexual identity, abuse, suicidal thoughts. Middle and High School years can be a troubling time for teens and their parents to navigate. Come to the Claremont Branch Library at 2940 Benvenue Avenue on Wednesday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of compelling true tales. Drawn from two decades working with kids in crisis at King Middle School in Berkeley, Jan Elise Sells, author of Lost and Found: Healing Troubled Teens in Troubled Times will discuss her book and her experiences. She will also share poetry written by youth. Jan will take questions from the audience about helping youth in crisis.

Ms. Sells holds Masters Degrees in Education and Counseling/Psychology and is a licensed Marriage/Family Therapist. She taught in Albany and Berkeley schools before Prop 13 created a need for volunteers at Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley and made a career there. During her 20 years at King, Jan developed a grant-funded counseling program that became known throughout Berkeley and which is still in place despite her retirement in 2006. Her book, Lost and Found, has been described by reviewers as “a book of power and hope” and her work as “an example to follow for other institutions across the country.  For more information about this program call 510-981-6280.

The Claremont Branch at 2940 Benvenue Avenue in Berkeley is open Monday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-8:00p.m., Thursday 12 p.m. to 8p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195,

Wheelchair accessible. To request a sign language interpreter, real-time captioning, materials in large print or Braille, or other accommodations for these events, please call 510 981-6195 (voice) or 510 548-1240 (TTY) At least five working days’ notice will ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs.