A New Branch of the New York Public Library Opens at the Manhattan Detention Complex (MDC)
The New York Public Library and the New York City Department of Correction celebrated the grand opening of a new library at the Manhattan Detention Complex (MDC) this morning. The space officially opened today in a ribbon cutting ceremony with DOC and Library staff, elected officials, and Library patrons from the facility.
The 654-square-foot space is the second dedicated library to be installed in one of New York City’s correctional facilities, following the opening of a library at the Rosie M. Singer Center on Rikers Island in 2016. Featuring a Library-inspired mural designed by people held at MDC, the new Library will provide patrons with bi-monthly access to approximately 1,400 books and magazines.
Since 1980, The New York Public Library has provided reading materials and programming to incarcerated New Yorkers and their families, offering a wide-range of materials and programs. The Library’s Correctional Services department circulated over 30,000 books throughout the correctional system this year and offers significant programs and services such as:
Video Visitation: allowing people in any DOC facility the ability to connect with parents and children via video through reading and conversation;
Daddy & Me/Mommy & Me: a storytime project with incarcerated parents, which records them reading a favorite storybook for their children;
Connections: a directory of New York City resources available to help people when they leave prison.
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