I updated the donations wishlist today. Please take a look at it if you’re collecting.
The updated list contains titles that are presently circulating at EIFW through the EPL borrowing project; however, Cathee flagged these items as high demand and added them to the donations list. A number of title requests from the previous wishlist were filled through the EPL borrowing project and are no longer in demand (and therefore no longer on the list).
The list also contains Books on CD, which up until recently, were not accepted in EIFW donations. Apparently, the EIFW administration have decided to allow this material to circulate. The rules of relaxed now that Cathee has been given permission to start a CD borrowing project using reclaimed inmate CDs.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the latest list.
The attached wishlist was created following a community fair-style event at Remand Centre earlier this spring. Fellow EPL community librarian, Heather Sentes, and I gathered this information during the two-day event. We met with three or four women’s units; however, the majority of the time was spent talking with the men’s units. That said, this wishlist, in large part, represents the reading interests of men at Remand Centre. Hopefully it gives Cathee and the Committee some insight into the general condition of Remand books and can help with selecting donations for the women there.
Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll give a copy of this document to Cathee on my next EPL borrowing visit (July 21).
Here are the minutes from the first Computer Literacy Working Group meeting. We’ll be sharing our meeting notes here so that the rest of the committee is in the loop. Questions and comments are welcome.
According to our book club organizers, some members have asked how to access library services post-release (e.g. book clubs, membership, etc.). I provided Tanya with individual EPL librarian business cards a few months ago in hopes that it would help women connect with EPL following release.
In order to avoid handling 18 individual cards, EPL recently created a handy community librarian postcard that’s now available for distribution. The postcard includes phones number and e-mails for community librarians at all EPL branch locations. I mailed Tanya a small supply (approx. 20) of these postcards earlier this week. The EIFW supply will be topped up in the next month when I receive my order from EPL Design and Productions department. Please contact Tanya if you’d like to use them in any EIFW activities that are scheduled in the next month.
I let the community librarian group know that the postcards are available at EFIW and that they may be contacted by the women. I’ll keep you posted if we hear of these types of connections being made. I’m also interested to know how they go over with bookclub members and what response they get in the Fireweed Library. Please let me know if you hear anything or have any questions.
Attached is a PDF sample of what the postcards looks like: Sample_EPL_Community_Librarian_Postcard
I stumbled across this website some time ago and wanted to share it with the rest of you:
I found it about the same time I started taking classes with a yoga instructor by the name of Judy Murphy. She’s had some involvement with prison yoga and has been very active in the field of adult education. She’s currently doing karma yoga (community yoga at no charge) in Northeast Edmonton. I’ve also been aware of workshops she’s facilitated through her organization, Windsound Learning, where she marries body work, adult learning and creative expression with adult learners. I’m going to connect with her this week to talk more about the work going on at EIFW.