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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What Do Inmates Read?

Not your typical question...but it's a question I'm asked quite often. As the Library Manager at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Clarksburg (and yes, we're part of MCPL!), I see a very diverse readership within our population. Inmates have varied tastes in literature and interests, just as folks do in the general community. Following is a smattering of our hotter titles:

FICTION:
* The Alex Cross series by James Patterson
* "Chasing Destiny" by Eric Jerome Dickey
* The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
* The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
* "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo
* "Classic" titles such as "Old Man and the Sea," "The Outsiders" and "Where the Red Fern Grows"

NONFICTION - TOPICAL:
* "33 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene
* "The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli
* "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne
* "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Slam Poetry" by Marc Kelly Smith
* "Art of Seduction" by Robert Greene
* "Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents" by Nicholas Ganz

NONFICTION - BIOGRAPHIES:
* "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
* "The Diary of Anne Frank"
* "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"
* "Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall" by Frank Brady

The MCCF Library offers free and equal access to services and resources to help the inmate population find the general and legal information they need to improve and enrich their lives, and enable their successful re-entry into the community. A wide variety of reading material is available, comprised of a collection of approximately 15,000 fiction and nonfiction titles, paperbacks and reference books, including materials in several languages. Inmates have access to the library on a biweekly basis, and may check out up to seven books to take back to their cells.

You can read more about what services we provide: go to the drop-down menu at the upper right side of the screen (it'll say "Most Popular Pages") and select "Branches and Hours."

See what's happening at The Jail that Reads!

CATEGORIES: Andrea C. , Prisoners , Reading
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