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

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"I talk to them about how important education is and how hard I'm trying to prove that to them."

Success Story IconTo a WSD welding teacher from a former offender student -
"I got a job welding and I had to write and just thank you so much for putting me ahead of the game."

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."

Success Story IconNEW - After more than 16 years - "I graduated from the electrical program in 1998. I found my Windham teachers were real people, and they..."

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Texas State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill congratulates GED recipients during Spring, 2014, ceremonies. “I am very impressed with the program and with the commitment of the staff and teachers,” she said.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.
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.
Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.

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