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The New York Public Library's Correctional Services delivers a range of library programs at city, state, and federal facilities including:
- Circulating book service weekly at five city jails. Each month, 800 to 1,200 people take advantage of circulating library services.
- Daddy & Me, a book-recording project with detained parents. Incarcerated parents participate in early literacy workshops followed by a session where they create a recording of themselves reading a favorite book to their kids.
- A weekly book club where incarcerated patrons and staff read and discuss a range of literature in federal prison.
- Library orientations and library card registrations for men at state correctional facilities. Groups nearing release receive new library cards, information on programs and services at their neighboring libraries.
Access Connections (PDF), an annual guide and directory of resources in New York City available to help people when they are released from incarceration. Connections also serves as a guide on preparing for the world of work. We are proud to publish the most exhaustive reentry guidebook in New York City. The booklet is free to those in jail and prison, and to agencies that provide services to justice-involved people.
Because of our limited print run, we ask that community based organizations try to rely on the PDF version of Connections to use with their clients. Relevant pages can be easily printed. This will allow us to have enough print copies to fill requests from soon-to-be-released individuals who have no access to the Internet at their facilities.
Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration
In response to the growing number of children with incarcerated parents, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, has developed its newest, bilingual (English/Spanish) initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.
We at Correctional Services are excited to collaborate with Sesame Workshop. We are using the wonderful Sesame Street materials in our family literacy programs, to help justice-involved parents talk to their children about their situation, with honesty and hope.