For children visiting a family member at the county’s jail (Adult Detention Center), waiting is now a little bit easier. Our Sheriff’s Office has opened a “Little Library” in the lobby with free books for kids of all ages.
Children who take a book to read while they wait can choose to put it back on the shelf or take it home with them. The Little Library structure is secured to a wall and set at a comfortable height for young ones to access. The library is open on Saturdays and Sundays during inmate visiting hours.
Before the Little Library was launched, the jail had 866 books donated by community groups. On the first day the Little Library opened, the shelves were stocked with 106 books, and they will be restocked on a weekly basis.
“The Sheriff’s Office is committed to connecting to the community we serve, and it has been incredibly rewarding to do so one book at a time,” says 2nd Lieutenant Emily Fary, the Sheriff’s special projects coordinator who designed the library and oversees the collection of books.
Because of the continued outpouring of support, the Sheriff’s Office shares many of the donated books with its community partners, including Shelter House and the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program for at-risk youth.
“Sharing and reading books together is one way we can bridge the gap between law enforcement and vulnerable youth,” said Kincaid.
The jail also maintains a leisure library for inmates, which is staffed by a librarian. The librarian and two inmate workforce members put selected books on a mobile cart and visit every cell block at least once a week for delivery and collection.
For more information on the Adult Detention Center, be sure to check out our three-part Inside the Jail series.