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What's the "Alternatives" at the Alternatives Library?
Since our beginning in 1974, the library collection has focused on alternatives. The first books were about alternative communities & lifestyles in the 70’s. Our collection has since grown to include a variety of topics, all with themes of social justice, ecology, and transformative action.
The Durland Alternatives Library is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA)
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Correspondence & Programs for Prisoners:
Prisoner Express (PE) is one of our core programs and currently serves over 3,400 people incarcerated in U.S. prisons. PE offers information, education, and opportunities for connection through distance learning and creative expression. PE programs include: history, culture, creative writing, poetry, and art.
This program involves many volunteers to respond to the hundreds of letters we receive each month. Want to help out? Contact Us.
To learn more, and to read Prisoner work, visit www.prisonerexpress.org
The DIY (Do it Yourself) Resource Center
The DIY Resource Center is a project in collaboration with Ithaca Underground, an all-ages, radically inclusive, volunteer run arts & music organization. Together we host workshops in self-publishing, manage a library with hundreds of self-published zines, and host volunteer trainings and community meetings.
The space also hosts Ithaca Freeskool, which aims to bring people together to equalize the distribution of knowledge and confidence with an emphasis on skills and issues of local importance.
Housed at the Tompkins County Worker's Center, this is one of the ways that the Durland Alternatives Library engages & supports grassroots organizing in downtown Ithaca.
Celebrate People's History:
The Durland Alternatives Library is a distributor of artwork by the Just Seeds Collective. One of their core projects has been a series of prints that commemorate people’s history.
The Celebrate People’s History series is always on display at the library, and individual prints are also for sale.
For the past 3 years, we’ve brought this dynamic series of prints to galleries and schools in the Ithaca area, spreading the stories that exist just below the surface in our societies – the stories that are so easily forgotten, but remind us what is possible when people work together and take action.
“You can’t be neutral on a moving train”
– Howard Zinn