Category Archives: incarcerated persons

Chicago DeskSet — First Event

Come one, come all and start off National Library Week with the very first meeting of the Chicago Deskset! We are getting together to meet up, hang out and hold a book drive for incarcerated teens in the Chicago area. The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center at Ogden and Damen is looking for age appropriate, paperback donations. (examples: Harry Potter books, Twilight Series, Percy Jackson books, etc.) Here is a breakdown:

Where: The Grafton Pub and Grill (Western stop, Brown Line and there is also ample street parking and a paid lot across the street)

When: April 10th, 2010 3:00pm-5:00pm

What to bring: one (or more!) age appropriate paperback book, ideas of future charities/fundraisers you would like to support

Who is invited: check out our About Us page for details but just about everyone! Library workers, students, book lovers, friends, family! If you are interested in our mission, then you are invited!

We’ll also be raffling off a gift certificate to Unabridged Bookstore, mingling and just getting together to decide where this group will go next!

Here is the Facebook event page:

Please make sure you RSVP if you plan on attending. If you don’t have a facebook account, please leave a comment below letting us know you plan on attending. Also please note that The Grafton has asked us to have table by table tabs. So be prepared with either cash or be willing to split tabs! And if you are interested in helping out or you just have questions, shoot us an email at:

chicagodeskset[at sign]gmail[dot]com

We look forward to meeting everyone!

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Prisoners Right to Read

I’m proud of the work that the ASCLA of the ALA is doing in regard to a prisoner’s right to read.  This quote comes from their draft statement on a Prisoners Right to Read,

“Those who believe in the ultimate decency of humankind will stand firm on the guarantees of essential rights.  Those who cherish their full freedom and rights will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights, and will work to guarantee that the right to read, to write, and to think—to full intellectual freedom—is extended to incarcerated individuals regardless of age.

What people read is deeply important.  Ideas can be dangerous but the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. The denial of intellectual freedom destroys the hopes of those segregated from society.

Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours. When free people, through judicial procedure, segregate some of their own, they incur the responsibility to provide humane treatment as well as the tools required to bring the prodigal home. Chief among those tools is a right to read.”

What a great, and inspiring use of words.  My hat’s off to you!  You are true information activists!!!

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