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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Have You Considered....?

You may not know this...but the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Boyds houses a library branch that is part of the Montgomery County Public Libraries system. 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, reference books, encyclopedias and newspapers, including materials in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Inmates have access to the library on a biweekly basis, and may check out up to seven books to take back to their cells. The MCCF Library also provides inmates with resources to assist with their legal matters, as mandated by Maryland and Federal law.

As the Library's Manager, I'm ocassionally asked by folks "on the outside" what it is inmates like to read. Our customers here are just as diverse in their reading preferences as individuals in the general community. There are, however, several titles that are perennial favorites among our patronage --- books that perhaps you haven't considered perusing. I encourage you to discover (or re-discover!) these publications:

THE SECRET, by Rhonda Byrne
158.1 BYR
Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces ofThe Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.

THE ART OF WAR, by Sunzi (Sun Tzu)
355.02 SUN
Although its wisdom is over two thousand years old, its principles are timeless for today's boardroom battlefields. Thirteen sections present incisive strategems from assessing the foe to proper treatment of troops.

If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African-Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malxolm X. His AUTOBIOGRAPHY is now an established classic of modern America, a book that expresses like none other the crucial truth about our times.

THE PRINCE, by Niccolo Machiavelli
320 MAC
The Prince is a classic book that explores the attainment, maintenance, and utilization of political power in the western world. Machiavelli wrote The Prince to demonstrate his skill in the art of the state, presenting advice on how a prince might acquire and hold power.

...AND ANY BOOK BY JAMES PATTERSON. Patterson's novels and non-fiction works are consistently requested. He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same.

Delve in -- and enjoy!

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