Library News & Updates

Introducing Heidi Eckerson, our new librarian at DAL

August 3, 2018

We’re so excited to introduce everyone to Heidi Eckerson, the newest member of our team at the Alternatives Library. She brings a spark of energy and passion to the library’s collection – and it’s likely that you’ll be interacting with her when you visit the library or reach out with any questions about the collection.…

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Introducing Amber, Abbie, Alex, and Gracie – Our Amazing Summer Staff!

July 22, 2018

We have an amazing crew this summer keeping the library open, and processing hundreds of letters arriving for Prisoner Express. I asked them about “alternatives”, and to share what surprised them about working at the library. Here are their answers, corresponding left to right in the image 🙂 Alex: Q : What is an alternative…

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Want help with your non-profit website?

June 4, 2018

This is a quick note for all the activists, community organizers, social entrepreneurs, and non-profit directors out there… Because websites are challenging. With all the choices, and all the clutter, and all the competition, how are you building your audience and awareness about your work? If you have any questions about your website, or want…

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3 Adventurous Ways to Get To The Alternatives Library

May 3, 2018

As it turns out, driving isn’t the best way to get to the Durland Alternatives Library. Unless you’re willing to wait until 5pm when parking is available on campus, you’re better off taking an alternative route… such as the topic of this post. First I want to be honest – the real reason I’m writing this…

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Long Overdue… No More Late Fees

March 6, 2018

What motivates you more… The risk of having a late fee on your account or… Knowing that someone has requested and is waiting to read the book that you have checked out, but haven’t opened in a few weeks. I’m actually curious, I’d love to know… Because we just decided to remove late fees from…

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Book sale was a HUGE success – Thank you!

February 25, 2018

Our book sale was awesome. We sold hundreds, if not thousands of items… all books that have been donated to the library and saved up for this event. The funds we raised will help us send more books to prisoners requesting them through our Prisoner Express program. All the remaining items left over from the…

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Art Show : Prisoner Expresso – Coffee anyone?

January 25, 2018

Like the rest of us, many prisoners start their days with a cup of coffee. Some get in it at morning chow; some make it in their cells (if they are in those prisons allowing small coffee makers in cells). Perhaps what is unique to prisoners is that some of the prisoners save part of…

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