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Ms. Vogel's new book, The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-first Century is brilliant.
To be successful contributing members of this society we all need access to reading all forms of literature; books, periodicals, newspapers and even digital information. Reading helps us to live sane and meaningful lives. Many of us do not know that libraries can provide reading and lifelong learning through cultural and educational resources to the over two million incarcerated in this nation. These resources can foster behavioral change and even increase survival/employment skills to enable the 600,000+ ex-offenders to remain crime free upon their return to the outside community each year.
In this book the author describes the challenges that beset the prison librarian to help inmates gain access to the tools that will lead to intellectual, emotional and behavioral change. Even after decades of service as a prison library director for a department of education she maintains a passionate voice that places the reader in the heart of every prison librarian's valiant struggle. She describes how these librarians struggle to be creative and successful within a correction setting to bring cultural, intellectual and employment skill-set resources to the incarcerated population without having access to the Internet available to all other librarians in this country.
With deep compassion she describes the frustrations and successes of the real partnerships between librarians and incarcerated people and their quest to get information that all people in this democracy should have in order to sustain or re-build a balanced life.
This is a book for all of us, not only for prison librarians. It is for everyone that pays the taxes to support the bloated prison industry, for everyone that believes that the correctional industry needs reform including our elected officials, public policy makers and correctional administrators. Thank you for this book, Ms. Vogel, and thank you for telling us, in the outside world, how-to take steps to make the arts, sciences and the humanities available to a very large segment of our greater community.
-Louisa Nielsen, M.A., former Humanist Administrator, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC-