The Virgin Islands Public Library’s pilot bookmobile program, titled “Beyond the Walls Thru the Bookmobile”, began in 2009. In 2010, the program was considered a success and the bookmobile frequents the prison bi-monthly. The program aimed to reduce recidivism, promote life-long learning, reduce violence in prison by having something to do to face boredom through leisure reading, preparing for re-entry, and increasing reading skills. Besides being mobile, a unique feature of this program is that those behind bars are issued a library card, the first of the programs I’ve encountered that mentions that patrons in prison have a physical card they keep and bring with them to check items out.
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