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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