Our blog has retired.

Our official website location has moved. You can now find us on the Greater Edmonton Library Association website. Follow the links for GELA Prison Project. See you there!


Star Blanket Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Fran Smith, the winner of the lovely Star Blanket! And a BIG thank you to all those who bought tickets. We raised enough money to sustain the Storybook Project for the next year. Your support is truly appreciated by the women and all of the volunteers.

Another Star Blanket Raffle announcement will be coming soon!

Volunteer Recruitment Callout

Are you interested in pursuing a meaningful volunteer opportunity? Do you believe that libraries have a role in contributing to social justice in your community? Do you think that everybody should have unfettered access to information? If you answered yes to the above questions, then the Greater Edmonton Library Association’s Women’s Prison & Library Reintegration Subcommittee is for you!

This subcommittee of the Greater Edmonton Library Association (GELA) is a group of volunteers from the library community working on an ongoing basis in the Edmonton Institution for Women (EIFW), a Federal prison for women.

The subcommittee is recruiting dedicated volunteers for the following programs:

· Storybook Project: women record themselves reading aloud; that recording is sent to children in their families.

· Writing Group: facilitating a series creative writing sessions with the women.

· General Population Book Club: a book club dedicated to reading adult literature.

· Book Borrowing Project: a partnership with Edmonton Public Library (EPL) that allows inmates to access EPL materials.

Time commitment is minimal: after completing volunteer training that will be provided for you, the time commitment is typically two to four hours a month or less.

You will receive specialized training provided by Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and become part of a progressive committee working to support literacy services for incarcerated women. Volunteers become a big part of the women’s lives and help provide community connections for their reintegration.

If you interested in becoming a volunteer, please email us at gelaprisonproject AT gmail DOT COM.

Aging Behind Bars

“Care for aging prisoners is at least twice as expensive than for younger prisoners because this population:

* Has more health problems and requires more medical care
* Requires longer and more frequent hospitalizations
* Needs care outside of the prison system, which represents 72 percent of all healthcare costs spent on aging prisoners.”

Read more at the Criminal Justice Degree Hub