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Digital Library Collaboration Gives a Reading Boost to Moms in Bexar County Jail
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By Aida C. Negron, Jail Programs Manager, Margaret Contreras-Barrientes, MATCH/PATCH Coordinator, and Rosanne Hughes, Change Management Specialist, Bexar County Sheriff's Office, San Antonio, Texas image

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau supports the MATCH (Mothers And Their Children) Program because of its proven capacity to help break the cycle of family involvement in the justice system.

The MATCH Program at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center has a 30-year history of innovation. The latest example is its partnership with Bexar County’s BiblioTech Digital Library to provide an e-reader-based program aimed at developing imagemothers’ parenting skills and giving them contact visits with their children.

The initiative was launched in February 2014 as an element in the community service focus of BiblioTech librarians and staff. The partnership allows the library to develop readership in participating families, and the jail is able to provide the programming without investing in or managing the technology.

Several other community partners work with Bexar County to deliver additional programming to MATCH participants on parenting, child and personal safety, chemical dependency, and other topics.

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Posted Thu, Nov 6 2014 7:34 AM by Elizabeth


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