Sunday, October 9, 2011

Glennor Shirley Retires-She believes reading is a fundamental right that can soften and enlighten the hardest of souls.

For more than two decades as Maryland’s prison librarian, Glennor Shirley has connected inmates to the world beyond bars using books. She stocked their tiny libraries with biographies of great Americans, redemptive novels about street life, math textbooks, encyclopedias, illustrated books about snakes, and even Jackie Collins romance novels.
Her motivation for helping convicted murderers, rapists and armed robbers has always been simple: She believes reading is a fundamental right that can soften and enlighten the hardest of souls.
Retirement tribute by M. Rosenwald.


Prisoners choosing to read

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