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The Alternatives Library Documentary

November 2, 2019

Last year, filmmaker Shira Evergreen created a documentary film on our little library. You can check out the whole video here to learn more about us and what we do. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Hours

October 28, 2019

The library will be closed from Wednesday, November 27th to Sunday, December 1st for Thanksgiving. We hope you all have a safe and restful break 🙂  — The Alternatives Library 

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Fall Break Hours!

September 30, 2019

The library will be closed during the weekend of Fall Break on Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th. We’ll be open again on the following Monday and Tuesday for limited hours between 11-5PM, and we will resume normal hours of operations starting Wednesday. Wishing a safe and relaxing fall break to everyone on Cornell’s…

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Criminal Justice or the New Jim Crow?

May 1, 2019

The rate of incarceration in the United States is higher than anywhere else in the world, and our legal system has shown a particular structural bias against black males. Author Michelle Alexander explores and documents this phenomenon in her book, The New Jim Crow, and we wanted to know what prisoners across the country thought…

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Art News from Prisoner Express

April 20, 2019

Prisoner Express has begun two new art projects inviting the community (both local and national) to participate with prisoners through letter correspondence focusing upon art. The first art project is in conjunction with Prison Arts Coalition. Established in 2008, the Prison Arts Coalition serves as a national network for prison arts in the United States.…

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Getting ready for Spring earth keeping

April 18, 2019

We’re excited and honored to be participating and sponsoring the upcoming Climate Wise Gardening, An Earth Keeping Fair event on April 27th. This is a free, all ages event from 10 – 3pm at Boyton Middle School featuring talks, exhibits, demonstrations, plant sales (and freebies), and films. Exciting! We hope you’ll join the Alternatives Library in sharing…

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Join Us for Opening Night–Art from Behind Bars April 17

April 15, 2019

We invite you to join us on April 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 to view art and write letters of encouragement to the prison artists! Prisoner Express is one of the library’s longest-running programs.  Its annual prisoner art exhibit, Art from Behind Bars, features the work of incarcerated individuals and will be held from April…

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