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Friday, October 26, 2012

Prison Library

We mentioned the and more part of our blog didn't we? Today I have a post to share that pertains to my day job. I am a prison librarian in Maryland, and while I am required, and will always respect the privacy of the inmates where I work, from time to time I feel the need to discuss the prison library as a whole or the library collection itself.
One of the most popular areas in any prison library would be self help/mental health related texts. Today, since my patrons were locked down unable to leave their cells I created a bibliography of our books that satisfy their self help/mental health needs. As a result I emailed the professional Psychologist at the facility for advice on how to improve this collection and I also thought I'd post here and ask your thoughts. Another day I'll explain how we build our collections on practically no budget. But for today the bibliography as promised. Help, suggest, weed the bad ones. I have not included any of our religious texts that cover these areas.

1.    100 ways to motivate yourself: Change your life forever. (2004). Franklin Lakes, N.J: Career Press.

2.    Arenson, G. (2001). Five simple steps to emotional healing: The last self-help book you will ever need. New York: Fireside.

3.    Ball, C. M. (1990). Claiming your self-esteem: A guide out of codependency, addiction, and other useless habits. Berkeley, Calif: Celestial Arts.

4.    Black, C., & Drozd, L. (1995). The missing piece: Solving the puzzle of self. New York: Ballantine Books.

5.    Buscaglia, L. F., & Short, S. (1982). Living, loving & learning. Thorofare, N.J: C.B. Slack.

6.    Carlson, R. (2005). Easier than you think-- because life doesn't have to be so hard: The small changes that add up to a world of difference. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

7.    Casarjian, R. (2001). Houses of healing: A prisoner's guide to inner power and freedom. Boston, MA: Lionheart Press.

8.    Covey, S. R. (1988). The 7 habits of highly effective people. Provo, Utah: Covey Leadership Center.

9.    Cramer, J. (2002). Confessions of a street addict. New York: Simon & Schuster.

10.  Donovan, F. (2001). Dealing with your anger: Self-help solutions for men. Alameda, CA: Hunter House.

11.  Evans, M. (2004). Emotional options: A handbook for happiness. United States: Morgan James.

12.  Greenberger, D., & Padesky, C. A. (1995). Mind over mood: Change how you feel by changing the way you think. New York: Guilford Press.

13.  Greenwood-Robinson, M. (2003). 20/20 thinking: 1,000 powerful strategies to sharpen your mind, brighten your mood, and boost your memory. New York: Avery.

14.  Harbin, T. J. (2000). Beyond anger: A guide for men : how to free yourself from the grip of anger and get more out of life. New York: Marlowe & Co.

15.  Head, J. (2004). Standing in the shadows: Understanding and overcoming depression in Black men. New York: Broadway Books.

16.  Kelly, M. (2004). The rhythm of life: Living every day with passion and purpose. New York: Fireside Books.

17.  Kelly, K., & Ramundo, P. (2006). You mean I'm not lazy, stupid or crazy?!: The classic self-help book for adults with attention deficit disorder. New York: Simon & Schuster.

18.  Masters, R., & Baker, D. (1978). How your mind can keep you well. Los Angeles: Foundation of Human Understanding.

19.  Maultsby, M. C., & Chapman, H. (1978). Stay sober and straight: ... how to prevent addiction relapse with the rational self-help treatment method. Alexandria, Virginia: Rational Behavior Therapy Center.

20.  McKay, M., Rogers, P. D., & McKay, J. (2007). When anger hurts. New York: Barnes & Noble Books.

21.  McGraw, P. C. (2001). Self matters: Creating your life from the inside out. New York: Simon & Schuster Source.

22.  Miller, M. (2012). Brainstyles: Change your life without changing who you are. S.l.: Simon & Schuster.

23.  Nettler, G. (1970). Explanations. New York: McGraw-Hill.

24.  Newman, M., & Berkowitz, B. (1971). How to be your own best friend. New York: Ballantine.

25.  Pegues, D. S. (2009). 30 days to a great attitude. Eugene, Or: Harvest House Pub.

26.  Ross, J. I., & Richards, S. C. (2009). Beyond bars: Rejoining society after prison. New York, NY: Alpha.

27.  Toropov, B. (1997). The complete idiot's guide to getting along with difficult people. New York: Alpha Books.

28.  Wilson, J. L., & Smart Publications. (2001). Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st century stress syndrome. Petaluma, CA: Smart Publications. 

I hope our collection is helpful to our many patrons.