Meeting minutes: October 25 general committee

Thanks to Jorden for being awesome minute-taker!

The minutes of the meeting are here: 25_10-2010 Minutes

Please be aware of all ACTION items in the minutes (they are highlighted in red) – also, there are a few volunteer opportunities to be aware of (also highlighted in red):

  1. Volunteering for Storybook project
  2. Volunteering with bookclub(s)
  3. Volunteering with the EPL book borrowing project
  4. Volunteering on the fundraising committee to put on a art show/fundraiser at Latitude 53 in the new year

Thanks to everyone who attended and to all those who submitted reports/regrets!


Updated Donations Wishlist

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.


Six Days: Some Rememberings

I encourage you all to listen to the story “Six Days: Some Rememberings”. In it, author and activist Grace Paley writes about her six day incarceration in the 1960’s at the Women’s Detention Centre, which was then located in the middle of Greenwich Village – her own neighbourhood.

Paley talks about the women she meets, their abuses at the hands of the police, the empty feeling of not having books or pen and paper, and the comfort she feels in being able to look out the window and see her children walk to school.

It’s a privileged perspective of prison in which Paley owns and examines her privilege. And it is, of course, beautifully written.

“Now there is a garden where the Women’s House of Detention once stood. A green place, safely fenced in with protective daffodils and tulips. Roses bloom in it too. Sometimes in to November.

The big women’s warehouse and it’s barred, blind windows have been removed from Greenwich Village’s affluent throat. I was sorry when it happened. The bricks came roaring down. Great trucks carried them away.

I have always agreed with Rita and Evelyn that if there are prisons, they ought to be in the neighbourhood near a subway, not way out in distant suburbs where families have to take cars, busses, ferries, trains. And the population that considers itself innocent forgets. Denies. Chooses to never know that there is a whole huge country of the bad and the unlucky and the self hurters. A country with a population greater than that of many nations in our world.”

“Six Days: Some Rememberings”

(it’s the first story on the podcast and runs about 15 minutes)

Pub Night Fundraiser a Success!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our Beers Beyond Bars Pub Night Fundraiser a huge success! Over 70 people came out for the event and helped us raise $925 through the purchase of event passes and raffle tickets. An additional $550 came in through generous donations, bringing our grand total to $1475. This monetary support will be used to support current programs, including our Book Club, Storybook Project, and Computer Literacy working group, and will also purchase many greatly appreciated books from our library wishlists.

Special recognition goes out to PLRC members who helped plan and promote this event, as well as local raffle prize donors Madison’s GrillThe Ranch Golf and Country Club, and photographer Karen McArthur. We would also like to acknowledge the financial support of GELA and LISSA, who provided snacks for the event. Happy Thanksgiving to all!