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Supporting Formerly Incarcerated Individuals with a Fresh Start @ Your Library
Fresh Start @ Your Library began locally at the Long Branch (NJ) Public Library, providing community reentry support to individuals returning to communities after serving time in prison or jail. In 2019, the New Jersey State Library, with grant funds from IMLS, and in partnership with the New Jersey State Parole Board, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Long Branch Public Library, and Free Library of Philadelphia (PA), embarked on a project to scale up Fresh Start @ Your Library. Learn from members of the team, including social workers, and understand the steps they took to reach formerly incarcerated individuals and provide services to six communities through the public library. Hear about the critical importance of forging authentic connections with formerly incarcerated individuals to help determine what services are most needed, and the importance of building partnerships with local government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Also explore the modifications to the original project plans imposed by the coronavirus pandemic and lessons learned.

This webinar will be live captioned. If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this webinar, please contact us at plawebinars@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least two weeks prior to the webinar. Without sufficient prior notification of need, we may not be able to provide appropriate accommodations for the live event.

NOTE: Due to high demand, we are accepting up to 1,500 registrations for this event, but only the first 1,000 viewers will be able to attend live. The webinar room will open about 15 minutes before the start of the event, and we recommend you arrive early. The archived recording will be available for viewing on PLA’s On-Demand Webinars page at http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/webinars/ondemand.

Please review the technical requirements and support information at http://www.ala.org/pla/education/onlinelearning/zoom.

Nov 18, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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