When someone mentions a prison library, some might picture a small, dark room in the bowels of a prison, a weary librarian toiling among old and outdated material, prisoners creeping among the stacks, guards alert for any sign of trouble. At least, that is how I pictured a prison library. That was before I worked in one for two years.
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A typical library scene—but this is not your typical public library setting: it is a prison library. Surprised? Prison librarians all over the country are coming up with an abundance of programming aimed at assisting prisoners in learning lifelong skills.
From expansion of STEM learning to televised reading programs for families of the incarcerated, IMLS funding expands library initiatives across the country.
In this informal discussion, the authors share their experiences and ideas about working with and in local jail systems.
Avi Steinberg was a few years out of Harvard when he unexpectedly found himself working as a prison librarian in Boston. His account of his experiences, Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian (Nan A. Talese, 2010), was recently hailed by The New York Times as “acidly hilarious.” Steinberg spoke to Brendan […]