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Record Readers in Prison or Jail

Storybook Project volunteers have eight opportunities (four times each to the women and to the men) to visit both the Newport and Wrightsville prisons each year. We typically plan our visits for March, May, September and November.


Volunteers usually commit a whole morning to recording readers in the prison, but depending on the number of volunteers and the number of readers, on occasion we may continue to work through the early afternoon.


It is not necessary to commit to going to all eight visits to participate. We welcome you whenever you have time to join us.

Volunteers who wish to go to the prison with us will need to be pre-vetted by the Arkansas Department of Corrections. This process involves providing your personal information and usually takes several weeks.


Prison Etiquette
  • Volunteers are to accept nothing from readers and bring nothing in to deliver to readers.

  • Be professional; handshakes are ok but hugs can be misconstrued.

  • No underwire bras

  • No smart watches or cell phones

  • No sandals of any kind 

  • Don't wear all white

  • No flashy jewelry or dangly earrings with wires

  • No clothing with writing or that could be considered revealing or in any way inappropriate

  • Bring nothing in but your driver’s license, eye glasses, money for the coke machine and car keys (for those driving)

  • Don't take photographs of inmates or guards anywhere in or outside the prison 

  • If you have had a knee replacement, bring a card stating that you have had this procedure.

  • The prison is usually cool, so a light jacket or sweater is advisable.

  • If in doubt, ask the most senior prison staff available for clarification.