Collecting books is often the easiest part of donating to prison libraries. At times libraries are closed, or understaffed, or lacking services such as working x-ray machines to process donated boxes of books. Volunteer Carol just wrote to report how she solved the problem of books collected with no where to put them. "Just wanted you to know Deputy Jason Zaehringer of the Knox County Jail stopped by yesterday and took 12 boxes of books for the jail library". Thank you Carol and Deputy Zaehringer!
The Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro, which was closed in 2012, is reopening as a "...minimum-security prison focused on 'life skills and re-entry,' where inmates nearing their release dates will receive educational, vocational and life-skills training..." according to an AP press release. http://www.sj-r.com/news/20161014/ex-illinois-youth-prison-to-reopen-as-life-skills-facility
Dana, a librarian from Pinckneyville CC came to Carbondale to find books for the new adult facility's general library from both the public library and the 3Rs book room at First Christian Church. Both the Carbondale Library Director, Diana, and a volunteer, Kara, from the Mormons assisted us in this project. Six boxes of books and one box of magazines were donated.
Loretta, Director of the Sallie Logan Public Library in Murphysboro will be inviting area CC librarians to choose books after their next book sale later this month.