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A Day in the Life of a Prison Librarian

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library, some might picture a small, dark room in the bowels of a prison, a weary librarian toiling among old and outdated material, prisoners creeping among the stacks, guards alert for any sign of trouble.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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Programming in Prison Libraries

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.

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Projects to Watch – IMLS Funds 276 Library Grants

From expansion of STEM learning to televised reading programs for families of the incarcerated, IMLS funding expands library initiatives across the country.

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Comparing Notes A Conversation about Library Service to County Jails

In this informal discussion, the authors share their experiences and ideas about working with and in local jail systems.

The Accidental Librarian – An Interview With Avi Steinberg

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 […]