May 20, 2022

Arizona State University: “Book Collection to Help Children Of Parents Who are Incarcerated”

From Arizona St. University:

Empathy Through Literacy, Noble Library, Arizona State University, Center for Child Well-Being

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More than 2.7 million American children are directly affected by the current incarceration of a parent or loved one. Many of them, as well as their relatives and peers, lack the resources to deal with the associated feelings of shame and stigmatization.

Arizona State University’s Center for Child Well-Being and the ASU Library have put together a collection of 64 books designed to help Arizona’s nearly 100,000 children of parents who are incarcerated better cope with their feelings.  

The books are part of the “Empathy Through Literacy” collection developed by the center. They are directed at a range of ages from early reader to young adult and are available to visitors to the main floor of ASU’s Noble Library on the Tempe campus.

ASU Library’s participation in this project was motivated by the library’s recent “Future of Print” initiative, which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as an effort to transform engagement with library print collections, said Shari Laster, who is head of ASU Library’s Open Stack Collections.

Laster said visitors will see that this collection looks different from what they may expect in a traditional academic library book display. It’s meant to invite exploration and engagement and to offer the public more insight, based on the experiences of those involved, into the lives of children who are dealing with family members and loved ones who are incarcerated, she said.


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