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 Grill, The 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!
With Freedom to Read Week on the Horizon, this article on censorship in Texas Prisons is quite timely and interesting.
Banned in Texas prisons: books and magazines that many would consider classics
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Inmate Librarian Cathy passed on the following requests:
- books on public speaking
- craft books, especially focusing on crochet
- ‘Push’ by Sapphire (or any books related to the recently released movie ‘Precious’ – there is a movie tie-in edition)
- ‘Valkyrie’ – this request was unclear, but may be in relation to books about the Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler
- anything by the author Rupert Ross
- Italian language learning materials
- additional copies of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books, especially book 3: Eclipse
Here are the minutes from our last meeting, as well as a list of our various sub-committees and their members. Sorry about the tardiness of this post – it looks like many of the action items listed in the minutes have been followed up on, so that’s great. In addition to the updates from the other sub-committees, Kirsten has set up some tentative dates for the next two sessions of the Storybook Project, so expect to hear more from us soon (we’ll likely need to start exploring fundraising opportunities, as this round was supported by a generous donation from Dr. Toni Samek). Lastly, if there are any changes or additions to the sub-committee list posted above, please leave a comment and it will be updated. For those of you interested in fundraising, should we try to set up a meeting in November, or would early December (i.e. end of the Fall semester!) be okay too?
As discussed at the last meeting, here are my findings on inmate readings/recordings.
A few examples of other projects:
UW-Madison Jail Library Group (this section is about their audio-recording program, Kids Connection, but the entire site is well organized and informative): http://slisweb.lis.wisc.edu/~jail/volunteer/kc.html
also, Kids Connection uses cassette tapes! http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/10353/31543468
Another American example, from Indiana, Although not linked directly to the LIS community, it involves educators: http://nationalserviceresources.org/practices/17774
Also, a couple of interesting articles (I have .pdfs of these for sharing):
– Todaro, J. Reaching Beyond Bars: Women’s Storybook Project of Texas. Texas Library Journal v. 83 no. 3 (Fall 2007) p. 128-9.
Although 5 years old, this is the only Canadian prison library survey I could find:
-Curry, A., et. al., Canadian federal prison libraries: a national survey. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (Folkestone, England) v. 35 no. 3 (September 2003) p. 141-52.