Watchworthy Wednesday: Incarcerated Parents Connect With Kids Through Reading

“If you stare at a painting and do not see yourself there, paint your own portrait.” — Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, “Giant Steps to Change the World”

At her neighborhood library in Philadelphia recently, an 8-year-old girl enthusiastically sang a couple songs, danced, shared jokes, discussed her birthday wishes and read several books with her incarcerated mom via video conference. The hour-long encounter, made possible by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Stories Alive program, was the second for the mother and daughter.

“She was so excited to see her mother again,” said Titus Moolathara, head librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Widener Library who initiated the program. “The girl had so much to share. This session made my day.”

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