The Free Library’s Prison Services offers services and programs to incarcerated Philadelphians in the Philadelphia Prison System. Each month more than 500 inmates at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Riverside Correctional Facility, and Alternative and Special Detention take advantage of the book-lending program.
Starting in February 2016, the Free Library—in partnership with the Philadelphia Prison System—introduced two new services for incarcerated parents, returning citizens, their children, and their families. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Stories Alive sessions will offer the incarcerated parent an opportunity to read a book to his or her child through live video conferencing stations set up both in the prison and in neighborhood libraries. This video visit will be on a computer screen, similar to Skype or FaceTime. Free books will be given to families who participate! Learn more.
Upon their release, Curran-Fromhold, Riverside, and House of Corrections returning citizens who have used the prison libraries or participated in Stories Alive will immediately receive a temporary library card and a re-entry resource packet.
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The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is pleased to recognize, with grateful appreciation, the following individuals and organizations whose generosity provided for the expansion of the Prison Services Program. View all