Reducing the Gamble: Library Services for Incarcerated and Recently Released

This is the story of three library systems that have three routes to outreach with incarcerated individuals and those reentering society. The goal of these three systems is to support successful re-entry into the community by introducing participants to the resources offered by the public library system.



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Michael Bryant, Broward County Library

Michael Bryant is the project lead for Broward County Library’s ex-offenders program “Reach Out, Reach UP”. Michael helped to establish working relationships with Broward Sheriff Office in addition to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Furthermore, Michael Bryant works with the Reach Out, Reach Up team to identify the library services to deliver to this underserved population. Michael Bryant is the Adult Services Coordinator of Broward County Public Library.

David Hildenbrand, Miami-Dade Public Library System

David Hildenbrand is a librarian at the Naranja Branch Library of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. David has presented professionally on a variety of topics ranging from new apps and emerging technology to podcasting. Has also been a member and chair of several different committees including the SEFLIN Virtual Conference Committee. Furthermore, David is also a board member of the Federal Correctional Institution Miami Community Relations Board.   

Doris Mendez-DeMaio, Palm Beach County Library System

Doris Mendez-DeMaio is the Branch Manager at the Acreage Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System in Loxahatchee, FL. She received her MLIS  from the University of South Florida in 2007. Her work with incarcerated individuals started in 2017 as part of the county's Reentry Program.

Katie Reusze, Broward County Library

Katie Reusze is a Community Library Manager in the Broward County Library System. She has a background in both youth and adult library services. She’s served on both local and statewide committees. She is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute.

Nick Sakhnovsky, Broward County Library

Nick Sakhnovsky has worked in education, law, and information, including as education director at South Bay Correctional Facility in Palm Beach County. He began at Broward County Library in 2002, working primarily with computer access centers for the public and currently as supervisor of adult services at the Main Library in Fort Lauderdale. He has also presented on the topic of services to persons experiencing homelessness at FLA and SEFLIN.


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