Hamptons + Holyoke Read

Holyoke Public Library is partnering with Forbes Library, Lilly Library and the libraries in Easthampton, Southampton and Westhampton and many community partners to present a Community Read in March and April, 2017. The program will invite readers to participate in book discussions, film screenings, gallery exhibits, and a wide range of other events.

The book chosen for 2017 is Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman, popularized by the Netflix series. Originally published in 2010, this book tells the true story of the author’s time in a federal women’s prison where she served a 15-month sentence for drug trafficking. The author attended Smith College. Although the book gives a narrow view of prison life, we are using the title to have a wide-ranging community conversation including mass incarceration, youth in prison, prison reform, community policing, and more.
Orange is the New Black book cover

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison

by Piper Kerman
Follows the author’s incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.
States of Incarceration

States of Incarceration: a traveling exhibition

Concurrent with Hamptons + Holyoke Read, the national exhibit States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories is coming to Holyoke and Northampton during the month of March. For more information about the exhibit and related programs, please visit https://pv-soi.org/.




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