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Library Gets Help From Unique Source

Posted: 10/30/2019

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We all know a library provides a great learning opportunity. Just think of all the books, DVDS, and other materials available within its walls. What you may not know, is recently the Douglas County library provided a new learning opportunity to men and women currently serving time in the Douglas County jail.

Under close supervision,participants in the Sentence to Serve program, put up shelving so Library Director Dawn Dailey could reorganize several key areas, including the Memory Loss Resource Center and the DVDs.

“This crew has been amazing,” said Dailey. “They worked occasional 2 to 4-hour shifts over a period of several weeks and have made a big difference.”

The Sentence to Serve program is operated by the Minnesota Department of Corrections and local governments. Nonviolent offenders are carefully selected to provide supervised work in the community. By participating in the Sentence to Serve program, offenders can reduce their jail time or work off financial obligations including fines, fees and restitution. 

“It’s a great thing,” says current participant Monica Collins. “I feel helpful to the community by doing this work at the library.”



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