Daddy, Read to Me

This story in today’s New York Times reminds us of the importance of reading in a child’s life – and to men behind bars who do not want to be forgotten by their children. Kudos to the NY Public Library for developing the Daddy & Me literacy outreach program where fathers read and record children’s books while in Rikers prison. You can watch a NYPL video about the program below. The power of story is a lifeline for many behind bars or in juvenile detention centers. If you or your library are discarding older audiobooks or removing cassette tapes from the collection, think about donating those items along with inexpensive players to a near-by correctional institution.

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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  1. Sbeauregard@ala.org' Sue-Ellen says:

    What a nice posting,and what a neat thing the NYPL is doing. I could see other libraries doing similar outreach programs with dads, and it wouldn’t necessarily have to involve incarcerated fathers. Thanks for posting this article.

  2. Hi, i was searching for audiobook blog sites and found your nice site, listened to the literacy post and found it quite informative.

    I’ve started my first audiobook blog today, so maybe you could give me a plug or put it on your list?

    You must remember what it was like starting out as a young blogger :)

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