On behalf of the GELA prison committee, I want to thank Maryon McClary for her retirement request for donations to our prison library committee! Maryon retired from the University of Alberta Libraries and through the generous donations of her friends, we had funding for our very successful pilot of the Storybook Project.
We conducted the pilot project in May and June where we recorded 11 women who read aloud to their children. We then burned the recordings onto a cd and mailed both the cd and a copy of the book to each child. The project was incredibly successful and we were able to purchase the books because of the donations made in Maryon’s name.
We now have plans in place to make this a permanent project of the committee – starting in September GELA volunteers will meet with women once a month for the readings, recordings and mailouts. The women are SO thankful and very excited about the project.
Once again – many thanks to Maryon and enjoy your well-deserved retirement!