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Jail Library Group Works to Bring Reading to Dane County Inmates
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by Sean Kirkby, University of Wisconsin-Madison Communications

Reading is a positive use of inmates’ time as well as being correlated with improved academic achievement. This article describes how a volunteer program in Dane County, Wisconsin, collects donated books and magazines and provides them to jail inmates in weekly deliveries. Volunteer librarians also locate specific books in response to inmate requests, and they conduct an annual fundraiser.

The Jail Library Group is a community effort coordinated by students in the University of Wisconsin master’s program in library and information science. Now in its twenty-second year, the program has been recognized by the United Way of Dane County and the Dane County Sheriff’s Department.

The Jail Library Group also runs Kids’ Connection, which records the voices of inmate parents reading books to their children. The book and the recording are sent to the inmate’s child.

Posted Tue, Aug 12 2014 3:06 PM by Elizabeth


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