Library Services

WSD Library Services offer patrons a wide variety of books, reference collections, and materials in support of educational programs, as well as recreational reading. Librarians and clerks operate unit libraries and maintain library inventories. Librarians promote the use of libraries with library orientations, poetry contests, book reports, art contests and essay contests. They also maintain and provide current newspaper and magazine subscriptions at each library. Through partnerships with public libraries, WSD Library Services has reached out to advocate for additional support and resources for those previously incarcerated when returning to their families and communities.

 

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Library Services has been awarded two $75,000 grants in 2018-2019.

Provides services to:

  • 86 of the 92 TDCJ facilities,
  • all male and female incarcerated individuals
  • manages over 1 million books

 

Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians

To learn more: Literacy Behind Bars: Inside the World of Texas Prison Librarians

 

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Success Stories

Success Story Icon NEW - Learning equals possibilities - "Being incarcerated since I was young, I have had my share of trials and struggles. But knowing every morning that I may..."

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"My son received his GED® through Windham School District. I just wanted to 'Thank You' for this program."

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"I graduated from Cognitive Intervention and the course has had a major impact on me and my behavior".

Success Story IconNEW - I learned a great deal  - "I really enjoyed this class and I learned a great deal. Painting and Decorating is something I always wanted to do and learn."

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Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
WSD’s Business and Image Management & Multimedia (BIMM) class offers students the opportunity to learn viable graphic arts and computer skills, helping them prepare for jobs after release.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.

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