It was pouring down rain this weekend, with whipping cold winds, but we soldiered on and made our trek to Alcatraz anyway.  It was well worth the journey …

The more than 1,500 men who served time at Alcatraz read voraciously.
The more than 1,500 men who served time at Alcatraz read voraciously.
Alcatraz, and its in-house library, closed in March 1963.
Inmates were never allowed inside this library. Each prisoner had a catalogue of the books, which were delivered and picked up through the bars of their cells. So why the church-like pews?
Today, when you pass through the metal cage doors of that library, it is hard to imagine this sea salt-corroded room once contained more than 10,000 books.
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