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On Friday, May 31st the Airway Heights Corrections Center Branch of the Washington State Library had two special visitors: Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Assistant Secretary of State Ken Raske. The visit lasted around an hour and a half. AHCC Associate Superintendent Ron Haynes was also in attendance. On the way into the library, they got to see the inmates working with the dogs and Ron Haynes explained the program to them. The visit was very comfortable. Both Kim Wyman and Ken Raske were very interested in the library and what we are doing here. They asked lots of questions and toured the library. They were interested in our Re-entry Resources and our Library Reads Program. Both asked questions about our collection. I showed them the workroom, which is full of gift materials and explained how we go about deciding which items to add and which items to offer to other branch libraries. Then I explained that what is left over we offer to a list of other places. They were both very concerned about our safety and security and Ron Haynes explained the security side of the institution. On the way out we stopped by the Law Library, which is run by DOC. They both showed an interest in what legal resources were available to the inmates. I introduced them to Rachael Shook who runs the Law Library here. Kim Wyman and Ken Raske are very personable people and I felt at ease with them. I was very impressed with both of them and I think Kim is going to make a fantastic Secretary of State and I am personally glad to have her in charge of the office.
Jerry McGuire of the Richland Rotary Club held a book drive for The Washington State Library at Coyote Ridge Correction Center in Connell Wa. We received 100’s of books, all in great condition. We want to Thank them for the efforts they took to help out libraries.
The two biggest highlights of 2011 for Clallam Bay Corrections Center were the ILS Library Snapshot Day and the donation of $1,000 to buy library materials.
The ILS Library Snapshot day was a huge hit at the CBCC branch library. The turnout for each unit was great and many were disappointed when they could not attend due to lack of room. Stacks of “What library services mean to me” forms were filled out with heartfelt statements, even by those who didn’t make it in for that day. The guys really felt it was important to let someone – anyone – know how important their library is to them. Of course the picture taking was a big hit because the pictures were going to be posted on Facebook and their family and friends would be able to see them. It was a fun filled evening enjoyed by patrons, clerks and staff alike.
The second big event was the donation of $1,000 from the CBIT (Clallam Bay Improvement Team) which is a team of offenders with a staff sponsor. Their goal is to do things in the institution that improves being incarcerated here. They held a fund raiser, selling pies and chicken purchased at a not so close by store, with a mark up to give the donation. This is often done by offenders who only make $.34 an hour. It was touching to me that when they found out that the budget for the library had been cut drastically they were all willing to spend their hard earned money so a good donation could be given and new books and music could be purchased for their library.
To re-new interest in the WSH Library, we began the year by participating in ILS Snapshot Day 1-11-11 and all branches shared stories and pictures on the State Library website. A month later, a WSH Library newsletter was introduced on campus to highlight the collection’s offerings. Starting mid-year, classes at the hospital treatment centers were entertained with a weekly show-n-tell—poetry—storytelling format library programming. District #28 Rep. Troy Kelley accepted an invitation to visit the library and WSH history museum. The Library is a major supporter of the hospital’s historical heritage and hosted a WSH Museum open-house in September.
In the spirit of thrift, Eastern and Western State Hospital staff wrote to certain publishers to seek in-kind donations. The donations received were shared with all 12 ILS branches. The Forest Institute donated good quality psych education videos to the WSH Library. Branches shared equipment and materials to maximize shelf-life. WSH Staff and patients donated books, DVDs, music CDs and artwork throughout the year.
When the inmates at Washington Corrections Center for Women heard that my book budget was frozen ( again ) , they asked me if there was anything that they could do. I informed them that I could take donations. Soon after this the tier reps approached me and said they were going to do a fundraiser for the library. Last week I sent a check to Laura Sherbo for $1000.00 which is earmarked for the purchase of books for WCCW Library. A very big thank you goes out to all of the inmates at WCCW.
Volume 7, January 6, 2011 for the WSL Updates mailing list
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