Daddy, Read to Me
Posted by: Mary Burkey
This story in today’s New York Times reminds us of the importance of reading in a child’s life – and to men behind bars who do not want to be forgotten by their children. Kudos to the NY Public Library for developing the Daddy & Me literacy outreach program where fathers read and record children’s books while in Rikers prison. You can watch a NYPL video about the program below. The power of story is a lifeline for many behind bars or in juvenile detention centers. If you or your library are discarding older audiobooks or removing cassette tapes from the collection, think about donating those items along with inexpensive players to a near-by correctional institution.