Formerly Incarcerated and Loved Ones

Suffolk Public Library offers a number of services to justice-involved individuals and their loved ones. Through partnerships with the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, Western Tidewater Re-entry Council, and Probation and Parole, we provide educational materials and experiences to support incarcerated individuals, returning citizens and their loved ones. 

Impacted individuals are encouraged to take advantage of our events and classesDiscovery Appointments (one-on-one learning appointments), meeting roomsdigital resources and more. Additional resources are listed below.

*Disclaimer* Some services may not be available due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you have additional questions, please contact us at 757-514-7323.

Resources for the formerly Incarcerated and Loved Ones Ones Label

An adult booklist for those impacted by incarceration or wanting to know more.

Adult Booklist

Community Resource Guide Label

A directory of community resources, including but not limited to re-entry services, housing, job help, medical services, legal services, and food.

Community Resource Guide 

Resources for Impacted Youth Label

Youth booklists and resources that pertain to the subject of incarceration.

Kids Booklist

Middle Grade Booklist

Teens Booklist

“Close in Heart” Letter Kit and Storytime

The "Close in Heart" letter kit encourages families to stay connected to their incarcerated loved ones by writing them a letter. Each kit includes an envelope, stamp, stationary, one book (while available), and information to connect you to community resources. The age level of the books provided are preschool, grades K-2, grades 3-5, middle school age, and teen. The “Close in Heart” storytime includes fun songs and a reading of Far Apart, Close in Heart: Being a Family when a Loved One is Incarcerated by Becky Birtha.

Sesame Street: Coping with Incarceration

A guide for parents and caregivers to help children cope with the impacts of incarceration.

True Dedication Mentoring Program 

True Dedication Mentoring Program (TDM) connects young adults with positive adult role models in our community. Through building nurturing relationships and community support, TDM and its mentors strive to help each participant develop into their full potential and make positive life choices. This program is open to all participants ages 12-18.