WSD librarians partner with ECHO newspaper, promote reading, literacy for offenders

Eastham Unit Grand WinnerLibrarians from Windham School District are promoting literacy and learning to general population offenders within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  WSD librarians take turns contributing to a new “Library Corner” feature in The ECHO, the monthly newspaper created by and for TDCJ offenders. “Library Corner” offers news of special events and activities offered by the school libraries, as well as reviews and other informational pieces, which are planned to encourage more offenders to read.

The June 2015 ECHO highlights the second annual bookmark design contest of the Eastham Unit in Lovelady. Offenders throughout the unit were asked to design a bookmark in a unit contest, with the winning designs printed and handed out for future library users.  In addition, enlargements of the winning bookmarks will be framed and displayed in the library. Librarians said the competition fostered “creativity, ownership, and a sense of unity” for participants.

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