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Hello everyone,

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This message is sent as an invitation for those interested in joining a conversation about how to support the information and literacy needs of those in our region who are experiencing (directly or indirectly) incarceration.

Over the past year, Iíve had the privilege of focusing my thesis research on the profoundly positive outcomes of the Mother-Child Read Aloud Program offered to women federally incarcerated at Nova Institute in Truro. At the APLA Conference in May, I was able to share the initial findings with some of you. To increase the programís capacity and strengthen their work, Elizabeth Fry Society of Saint John (the organization that offers the program) is exploring community partnerships. If anyone is interested in learning more about the project, and how we might support them with training materials and delivery (for volunteers and mothers), booklists and collection development, resource development (to support childrenís caregivers etc.), fundraising, book donations, volunteering etc., please get in touch Ė [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Also, itís my understanding that there are a number of informal and formal initiatives across the region to support library and information work within correctional facilities (and to those who have returned to their communities.) I am wondering if there might be interest in establishing a more formal, regional Prison Library Committee, similar to that of the (fantastic) Manitoba Library Association.<http://mla.mb.ca/content/prison-libraries-committee>

Looking forward to the conversation!

Warm regards,

Alison