November 12, 2020
For immediate release
Elgin County Library Book Donations To Benefit Area Prison Libraries
COUNTY OF ELGIN – At the November 10th, 2020 meeting, Elgin County Council approved a partnership with the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General to donate discarded library materials for use in area prison libraries. These prison libraries are located within detention centres in London, Sarnia, Windsor, Stratford and Penetanguishene. This includes the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre which has a catchment area serving Elgin County.
“We are pleased to enter into this mutually beneficial partnership with the Ministry for the donation of discarded library materials for use in prison libraries in the region,” stated Warden Dave Mennill. “This allows our library system to discard materials where they can be better used to benefit the area’s prison population and does so in an environmentally friendly manner compared to recycle or landfill options which all too often have to be considered for library materials.”
It is estimated that as many as 10,000 items per year in various formats and genres will be donated to the Ministry under this proposal which is unique among public libraries in terms of its comprehensiveness and regional scope. A full copy of the report approved by County Council is available here.
For additional information, please contact:
Warden Dave Mennill