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Freedom Tails

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 Posted in Articles, Digital Collections, For Libraries, For the Public, Institutional Library Services, News, State Library Collections, Technology and Resources | Comments Off on Freedom Tails

Dogs and trainers holding books at the SCCC Library
A visit to the SCCC Library

The Freedom Tails newsletter is a fun, uplifting and heartwarming chronicling of the canine training program at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, WA.  It follows the exploits of the shelter dogs being trained by the inmate trainers during the 12-week program that prepares the dogs to be adopted by private owners.

The newsletter was captured, cataloged and archived by the Historical & Digital Collections Program at the Washington State Library (WSL).  It came to our attention through the Washington State Depository Program which is mandated by law to capture, archive, catalog, and make available to the public publications from state agencies.  More information about the State Depository program can be found here.

Leroy Graduating
Leroy Graduating

The newsletter highlights the biography and photographs of each shelter dog selected for the program.  The circumstances that brought them to the program are as varied as the circumstances of their inmate trainers.  The benefits for the inmates, inmate trainers, dogs and the community are described along with follow ups of how the dogs are doing at their adoptive homes.  It is hard to tell which benefits more from Freedom Tails—inmates, dogs or the community.

If you believe in rehabilitation, second chances and changes of the heart, you may want to follow this newsletter.  If you are interested in adopting a dog or supporting the program, this site may be of interest to you.

–Pam Griffith

A fresh look at the prison library system

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 Posted in Articles, Institutional Library Services | 1 Comment »

Bibliothèque de prison / Prison library by banlon1964.Today I have the pleasure of meeting a new employee for the prison library profession. Anna will begin her training today at Stafford Creek Corrections Center and over the next month and half get a look at the profession. After that time she will move on to the Department of Corrections training and then her own library at the Monroe Correctional Complex.
One of the first things I noticed about Anna is that she is not afraid to ask questions, so during this time I am hoping to get her take on the library at Stafford Creek and the profession in general. I believe that she will be a fresh pair of eyes and will see everything with a whole new light and just maybe give me a new perspective.