Barton jail gets 4,500 new books from Hamilton Public Library

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Twice last June, inmates at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre staged a hunger strike in protest of a host of issues spurred by COVID-19.

Among them was the temporary loss of a cherished book cart that offered joy and education in a place synonymous with solitude.

But one book cart might not be enough to supplement a recent donation that will see the Barton Street jail’s literature fleet more than double in size.

The Hamilton Public Library (HPL) is dishing out a fresh stack of new paperback books — totalling over 4,500 — to help establish a sustainable, long-standing library at the jail.

The books, which will arrive next month, run the gamut from novels, biographies and poetry to educational reads covering philosophy, health, human rights and science.

Best of all: they’re tailored to inmates’ wants and needs.