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.

 

WSD - Library Services

 

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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Recreation Programs 
Counseling, Testing and Records
Library Services

 

Success Stories

Success Story IconNEW - I had given up on myself - "I could barely read or write and didn’t even realize I had given up on myself… a great teacher from WSD taught me how to believe in myself..."

Success Story IconNEW - They didn’t give up - "It makes me feel really good to know that these guys aren’t giving up just because they’re in prison."

Success Story IconNEW - Thank you for this program - "My son received his GED through Windham School District. I just wanted to thank you for this program."

Success Story IconWelding Success Story -
"I'm thankful for the welding program I was allowed to take while locked up".

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Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
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.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.

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