Happy Bookmobile Day!

Happy Bookmobile Day! What a great idea – mobile libraries are just plain fun! In honor of this day, here I would like to share a prison bookmobile program.

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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Virgin Island Public Library System

Bookmobile Prison Program Launches in USVI via Island Journal