I now have my copy the book, ADVANCES IN LIBRARIANSHIP, edited by University of Maryland iSchool, that includes a chapter I wrote about Maryland prison library services. The Title is from a letter I received from a prison library user, thanking me for information services. His letter began with the words. In A Place of Monotony and Despair... http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S0065-283020160000042008
Great to see how libraries help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Recently, I attended an event in Baltimore where a panelist of successful individuals shared their stories. One panelists was Chris Wilson who was incarcerated at age 17, spent 16 years in the Maryland prison system, and shared how he used the prison library constantly. Now back in the community, he is using the skills learned in prison to maintain his business, Barclay Investment Corporation. Second Life details his life story to date.
The 2016 election campaign drama reminds me of what I used to tell the prisoners when they said their family did not vote since their social situations never changed - no matter who won the election. I would respond that if their family members did not vote, then the voters would always be the winners. I urged them to encourage family members to vote because that at least meant they had a seat at the table, even if sometimes their party of choice did not win.
It was a real pleasure this Wednesday to introduce EPFL Writers
Live Guest speaker, Mikita Brottman, author of, Maximum Security Book
Club:Reading Literature in a Men's Prison. After the presentation that was held
at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Baynard Woods, of the City
Paper, moderated a lively discussion with Mikita, Vince, one of the
original participants in the book club, and the audience. Baynard visited and reported on one of
Mikita’s sessions in 2014.
I have just finished reading Mikita Brottman's recently published book: Maximum Security Book Club:Reading Literature in a Men's Prison. http://mikitabrottman.com/ Her honesty in describing the behaviors and reactions of the 9 men who participated in her book club at the Jessup Correctional Institute throws more light on the life of those confined to prisons, not only in Maryland but in the United States.