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Grand Hyatt Atlanta (Buckhead)
3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

(Deadline for conference registration was August 1.  THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION OR MEAL PAYMENTS)
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Thursday, August 10 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Library Outreach: Telestory Video Visitation. Connecting Incarcerated Parents and Their Children Through Books

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How do we break the school to prison pipeline?  Today's public library's approach is to guide incarcerated parents with the tools to help their children learn alternative means other than what may be seen at home in the past.  Outreach Services at Brooklyn Public Library made the first successful connection to an NYC Department of Corrections facility thus paving the way to the launch of the "Telestory" program which provides incarcerated parents a virtual way to visit with their families. The Telestory Video visitation program has expanded with the City's 3 library systems to provide free live video services for families who wish to visit with their incarcerated loved ones. This unique program is offered at 21 public library branches across New York City.

We will share successful patterns of how to conduct these visits and the results these visits have made on the lives of the participants.

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Sandra Michele Echols

Assistant Dean, College of New Rochelle
S. Michele Echols, Assistant Dean Gill Library at The College of New Rochelle, President of the New York Black Librarian’s Caucus(2016-2018), New York Library Association (NYLA) Councilor-at-Large representing Academic Libraries, and Adjunct Professor at ASA College in New York... Read More →


Brenda Bentt-Peters

Community Outreach Supervisor, Brooklyn Public Library
Brenda Bentt-Peters has worked for Brooklyn Public Library for over 15 years, currently as Supervisor of Community Outreach Services, where she directs the out-posts sites, providing books and services for homeless residents in Brooklyn. She also creates public awareness programs... Read More →

Thursday August 10, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Ivy I (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

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