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Freedom to Read and Write: Books and Authors Behind Bars

In-Branch Program

2024-05-09 18:30:00 2024-05-09 19:30:00 America/New_York Freedom to Read and Write: Books and Authors Behind Bars Central Library - Central - Hamilton Room

Thursday, May 09
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2024-05-09 18:30:00 2024-05-09 19:30:00 America/New_York Freedom to Read and Write: Books and Authors Behind Bars Prisoner publications creator Sara Falconer, former prison librarian Michelle De Agostini and prison support worker Pam discuss prisoners' struggles to access and write books behind bars. Central Library - Central - Hamilton Room

Central Library

Central - Hamilton Room

Prisoner publications creator Sara Falconer, former prison librarian Michelle De Agostini and prison support worker Pam discuss prisoners' struggles to access and write books behind bars.

A conversation with local writer and prisoner publications creator Sara Falconer, former prison librarian and university library manager Michelle De Agostini, and prisoner support worker Pam. Sara discusses her experience working with political prisoners across North America to produce and edit publications authored by prisoners. Michelle discusses her experience running a prison library and the state of prison library policy in Canada. Pam discusses their experience working with local prisoners and as the Project Lead for Disability Justice Network of Ontario's Prison Project.

The 45-minute conversation is followed by a 15-minute question and answer period.

Check out the HPL catalogue to borrow Rattling The Cages: Oral Histories of North American Political Prisoners, featuring an introduction written by Falconer.

Check out De Agostini's article, Locked Up Libraries: A Critique of Canadian Prison Library Policy in the Journal of Radical Librarianship.

Check out Disability Justice Network of Ontario's Prison Project website for their research and advocacy work.

Falconer is a writer, editor and digital strategist who works with nonprofits. She has created publications with prisoners since 2001. 

De Agostini is a library worker who worked at the Edmonton Institution, a federal, maximum-security prison for men from 2019-2021. During that time, De Agostini also helped to run programs in prisons, including a creative writing workshop for people housed at the New Edmonton Remand Centre (Canada's largest prison) and a book club program for people housed at the Edmonton Institution. 

Pam (they/them) is queer, brain-injured, bilingual (Spanish-English), of Peruvian and Chilean-Italian ancestry, and Disability Justice Network of Ontario's Prison Project Lead coordinating the prisoner support phone lines. They're a former outreach and advocacy worker with chronically houseless folx who are between prisons, hospitals, and streets/shelters. Pam is passionate about Indigenous sovereignty, community care, and harm reduction. They also have a Master of Social Work with experience in research, therapy, and disability justice.

AGE GROUP: | Older Adults | Adults (18+) |

EVENT TYPE: | Literary | Arts & Culture |

TAGS: | Literature | Books | Author Visit | Author Events |

Central Library

Phone: 905-546-3200
Branch manager
Erika Pavkovic, Shelley McKay, Dijia Qin, Allison Stockton-Aird

Hours
Mon, May 13 8:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, May 14 8:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, May 15 8:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, May 16 8:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, May 17 8:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, May 18 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, May 19 Closed

About the library

The first Hamilton Public Library building opened on September 16, 1890 by the Earl and Countess of Aberdeen on the north side of Main Street West. In 1913, a new main library opened. This building was replaced in 1980 by Central Library, at the current location on York Boulevard.

In 2010, Central Library re-opened after approximately 18 months of renovations. Central Library opened with a newly revitalized first floor, which includes a Community Living Room that takes advantage of natural light. The Ontario Library Association honoured Central in 2012 with an Architectural and Design Transformation award.

Upcoming events

Mon, May 20, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Central - First Floor Big Screen

Mon, May 20, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 1st Floor Jackson Square Lobby

Tue, May 21, 9:30am - 11:00am
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Tue, May 21, 10:00am - 10:30am
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, May 21, 10:30am - 11:00am

Tue, May 21, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, May 21, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Central - First Floor Big Screen

Tue, May 21, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, May 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Tue, May 21, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Tue, May 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Tue, May 21, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Wed, May 22, 10:00am - 10:30am
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, May 22, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, May 22, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Central - First Floor Big Screen

Canceled
Wed, May 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wed, May 22, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Wed, May 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Computer Lab

Thu, May 23, 9:30am - 11:00am
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Thu, May 23, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Central - First Floor Big Screen

Thu, May 23, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Thu, May 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Computer Lab

Thu, May 23, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Teen Area

Thu, May 23, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 4th Floor Newcomers Classroom

Thu, May 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Thu, May 23, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Newcomers Classroom

Thu, May 23, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Fri, May 24, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Central - First Floor Big Screen

Fri, May 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Circuit 4.0 All Zones

Fri, May 24, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Sat, May 25, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Living Room

Sat, May 25, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Photo Studio

Canceled
Sat, May 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Sat, May 25, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Mon, May 27, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Hamilton Room

Mon, May 27, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Central - First Floor Big Screen

Mon, May 27, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Mon, May 27, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 1st Floor Jackson Square Lobby

Mon, May 27, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Mon, May 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Photo Studio

Tue, May 28, 9:30am - 11:00am
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Tue, May 28, 10:00am - 10:30am
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, May 28, 10:30am - 11:00am

Tue, May 28, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Central - First Floor Big Screen

Tue, May 28, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, May 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Tue, May 28, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Tue, May 28, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 4th Floor Computer Lab

Tue, May 28, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Tue, May 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Tue, May 28, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Tue, May 28, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Wed, May 29, 10:00am - 10:30am
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, May 29, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, May 29, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Central - First Floor Big Screen

Canceled
Wed, May 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wed, May 29, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Wed, May 29, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, May 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Computer Lab

Thu, May 30, 9:30am - 11:00am
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Thu, May 30, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Central - First Floor Big Screen

Thu, May 30, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - 1st Floor Jackson Square Lobby

Thu, May 30, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Thu, May 30, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Teen Area

Thu, May 30, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 4th Floor Newcomers Classroom

Thu, May 30, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Thu, May 30, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Program Room

Thu, May 30, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Thu, May 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Computer Lab

Thu, May 30, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Fri, May 31, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Fri, May 31, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Central - Living Room

Sat, Jun 01, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Hamilton Room

Sat, Jun 01, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Photo Studio

Sat, Jun 01, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Mon, Jun 03, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Hamilton Room

Mon, Jun 03, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Mon, Jun 03, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 1st Floor Jackson Square Lobby

Mon, Jun 03, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Tue, Jun 04, 9:30am - 11:00am
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Tue, Jun 04, 10:00am - 10:30am
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, Jun 04, 10:30am - 11:00am

Tue, Jun 04, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Tue, Jun 04, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, Jun 04, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Tue, Jun 04, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Tue, Jun 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Tue, Jun 04, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Wed, Jun 05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, Jun 05, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Canceled
Wed, Jun 05, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wed, Jun 05, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Wed, Jun 05, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Circuit 4.0 All Zones

Wed, Jun 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, Jun 05, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Thu, Jun 06, 9:30am - 11:00am
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Thu, Jun 06, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Thu, Jun 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Computer Lab

Thu, Jun 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Thu, Jun 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - Gallery 4 Annex

Thu, Jun 06, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Teen Area

Thu, Jun 06, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 4th Floor Newcomers Classroom

Thu, Jun 06, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Thu, Jun 06, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Newcomers Classroom

Thu, Jun 06, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Thu, Jun 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Fri, Jun 07, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Fri, Jun 07, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Fri, Jun 07, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Sat, Jun 08, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Hamilton Room

Sat, Jun 08, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Central - Living Room

Sat, Jun 08, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Photo Studio

Sat, Jun 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Sat, Jun 08, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Mon, Jun 10, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Hamilton Room

Mon, Jun 10, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Mon, Jun 10, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Tue, Jun 11, 9:30am - 11:00am
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Tue, Jun 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, Jun 11, 10:30am - 11:00am

Tue, Jun 11, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, Jun 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Tue, Jun 11, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Tue, Jun 11, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Circuit 4.0 Zone 3

Tue, Jun 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Tue, Jun 11, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Tue, Jun 11, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Wed, Jun 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, Jun 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Canceled
Wed, Jun 12, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Wed, Jun 12, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Wed, Jun 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Computer Lab

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Program Room

Thu, Jun 13, 9:30am - 11:00am
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Thu, Jun 13, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Thu, Jun 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - Gallery 4 Annex

Thu, Jun 13, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 2nd Floor Teen Area

Thu, Jun 13, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central - 4th Floor Newcomers Classroom

Thu, Jun 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Thu, Jun 13, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Central - Living Room

Thu, Jun 13, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Newcomers Classroom

Thu, Jun 13, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Thu, Jun 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - 4th Floor Computer Lab

Thu, Jun 13, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Fri, Jun 14, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Wentworth Room

Fri, Jun 14, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Central - Living Room

Fri, Jun 14, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Sat, Jun 15, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Hamilton Room

Sat, Jun 15, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Photo Studio

Mon, Jun 17, 10:00am - 11:00am
Central - Hamilton Room

Mon, Jun 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Mon, Jun 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Central - Wentworth Room

Tue, Jun 18, 9:30am - 11:00am
Central - 4th Floor Newcomer Learning Centre

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 10:30am
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Central - Hamilton Room

Tue, Jun 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Central - 2nd Floor Program Room

Tue, Jun 18, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Central - Children's Department

Tue, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 6:30pm