TEEN VOGUE: Liberation Library Announces Holiday Card Drive for Youth Behind Bars
The United States incarcerates more youth per capita than any other nation. In 2015, that translated to more than 47,000 youth incarcerated at any given time. For those young people, that meant being away from their families and loved ones during the holidays, instead spending that time in a setting that can be traumatizing. This winter, you can help cheer up incarcerated young people as they face the holiday season behind bars.
"Small gestures make big differences," Eva says. READ MORE
HACK LIBRARY SCHOOL: Providing Library Services to Incarcerated Populations
A year and a half ago we also got to meet some of our readers at IYC Harrisburg to learn about the power of reading for them. One of our readers said that the book Tyrell by Coe Booth saved his life because he felt like he could really relate to that young person’s life. For us it’s such an essential component that these young people can pick the books that they want, that they are telling diverse stories by diverse authors, so that they can continue to have that thirst for reading–it isn’t a book that’s thrown on them, but it’s something that they want to read and they want to engage in.
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WRITE IN BK: Liberation!
"While researching for ALLEGEDLY, I learned a lot about the conditions of juvenile facilities and one fact always shocked me: how much kids LOVE to read but how little access they have to materials. That’s the problem with prisons, they’re looking for ways to punish rather than reform. Kids are BORED. And boredom can lead to more problems rather than solutions..." READ MORE.
BUSTLE: How to Help Liberation Library
BOOK RIOT: Action Item: Liberation Library
"One of—ONE OF—the special things about Liberation Library is that they do their best to fill specific requests. They aren’t just sending random books to incarcerated youth—they’re providing these kids access to the specific books that they ask for..." READ MORE
CHICAGO COMMUNITY TRUST: Trust 100 Liberation Library
MEDILL REPORTS CHICAGO: Liberation Library Empowers Youth with Books of Their Own