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Serving those in Need

April 8, 2011

Not everyone might consider inmates of state prisons as deserving of the funds required to properly provide them with books and literature, but there are many who feel that the rehabilatative effects are well worth the cost. Even if one doesn’t feel they are entitled to it as a luxury, society as a whole can benefit from criminals who are released back into the public with a better education and more confidence. I found this story of Glennor Shirley, the head librarian for the Maryland Correctional Education Libraries to be inspiring, and it made me consider a sector of our population who may also be worthy of recognition. Read about it here.

This story has made me wonder what other groups are out there that struggle with this same need.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Allacyn Griffin-May permalink
    April 8, 2011 11:02 pm

    I think this is powerful. People neglect to think about this population in relation to libraries. I have often heard people say that they don’t think criminals should have access to books. This is a time where we are trying to rehabilitate criminals and if we do not provide them with tools to succeed on the outside this will not happen. I have a good friend who was in prison for years and while inside he read Les Miserables and changed his whole life around. Books can be powerful tools and it is important to remember that all populations can benefit from them.

  2. April 8, 2011 11:27 pm

    I think providing books and information to people detained is a good service the public provides. As long as prisons are for rehabilitation purposes libraries will be needed to help them re-adjust back to community living. Malcom X learned his tremendous vocabulary reading in prison libraries.

  3. Brandy Royce permalink
    April 9, 2011 1:03 am

    I think that providing books for people in prison is something that has been lost in the last twenty years. I believe that everyone should have a chance to have access to material so that they can improve themselves. What I believe needs to happen is that the government needs to see where the money is going and see if that money should be moved to another location. Such has giving access to reading material.

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