Friday, May 7, 2010

Prison Library Programs

Dr. Sims-Wood and JCI Librarian, Grace Schroeder

Many inmates say that the first time they visited a library was in a prison. Librarians try to model public library settings, so inmates will feel less intimidated to visit a library outside the fence. Inmates welcome programs like book discussions and guest speakers on a variety of topics. Most of our libraries participated in the One Maryland One Book promoted by the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC). During Women's history month the MHC provided us with a guest speaker, Dr. Janet Sims-Wood whose topic was: Fighting for Freedom: Black Women's Army Corps during World War ! Dr Simms-Wood stated: "The gentlemen were attentive and asked lots of question".

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