Hansen: Jail librarian gives captive audience a chance to read
Officer Selina Sanchez, who manages the library at the Douglas County Correctional Center, receives hundreds of requests, called “kites,” for books, and for some inmates, she makes personal selections. “Selina might be the most popular person in the jail,” says her boss, Barb Glaser.
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 12:00 am
Duck through the metal detector, breeze past the booking area where sullen men in orange jumpsuits slouch on hard plastic chairs, cruise down a fluorescent hallway dotted with surveillance cameras and protected by breakout-proof doors, turn left into an open doorway, and here is Officer Selina Sanchez, holding a Dean Koontz paperback in both hands and cradling the phone to her ear.
You are standing in what looks like any American library. Magazines on one shelf. Thrillers and sci-fi on another. A couple of comfy chairs. A couple of pleasant white-haired volunteers. On one wall, a poster of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the cut-out words, “I Have A Dream.”
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Monday, February 11, 2013 12:00 am.