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Between jailed parents and their children, reading time

By SHELBY WEBB / shelby.webb@heraldtribune.com

Posted Nov 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM


The elementary-aged sisters didn’t seem thrilled to be in the library.


The two girls stuck close to their mother, Ann, as volunteers led them into a room with CD players and books.


But when a volunteer pressed “play” on one of the devices, the girls’ expressions changed from apathetic to awestruck.


The Selby Library hosted the first “Read to Me” event on Saturday, where the children of parents serving sentences in the Sarasota County Jail could listen to a recording of their parent reading a children’s book.


Seventy-five inmates recorded themselves in October for the event, said Robin Rogari, inmate program coordinator with the Sarasota County Jail.


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The Selby Library hosted the first “Read to Me” event on Saturday, where the children of parents serving sentences in the Sarasota County Jail could listen to a recording of their parent reading a children’s book.

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