SLA Tour of Polk Correctional Facility

The opportunity to visit a prison library was incredibly eye-opening. I’ve seen movies like The Shawshank Redemption where the library is a wonderful place for prisoners to go and educate themselves, sometimes even earning a PhD., but such a task would not be possible in Polk Correctional Facility, or many others like it. Most of the books have a juvenile reading level, and the collection budget is incredibly small. The librarian has a constant struggle to manage a decent collection, with limited space, and precarious conditions. I’ve always thought of the library as a safe place, and even in a prison, the librarian tried to keep it that way, although at times, she admitted that it could be a struggle.

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