February 14, 2012


For Immediate Release





Photo and Audio Exhibit Follows Nine Former 

Inmates after Release from Incarceration



(Brooklyn, NY) February 14, 2012 – Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library will house a new multi-media exhibition, Released with Conviction, that will run from February 23 through April 28. Created by The Center of Employment Opportunities (CEO), the new photo and audio exhibit follows nine former inmates after their release from incarceration. The images and accompanying interviews share their thoughts about reentry into their communities, their families and the workplace.


“The exhibition stood out to us because it described people building their lives back together,” said Brooklyn Public Library Manager of Exhibitions Barbara Wing. “ The Library continues to be a valuable resource that  not only helps people get back on their feet, but provides tools to encourage all patrons to succeed in their career endeavors.  


Brooklyn-based photographers Jeyhoun Allebaugh, Michael Scott Berman and Bryan Tarnowski took the stirring images of the former inmates. Accompanying audio details the process of moving forward after incarceration. 


A similar exhibition will also be at the Flatbush Library during the same time period of February 29 to April 28. In addition to the exhibition, Brooklyn Public Library and CEO will host events and workshops, as detailed below: 


Exhibition Launch and Panel Discussion 

February 29, 2012, 7-8:30 pm

Dweck Auditorium at Central Library

10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238


Revised Info (as of 2/14/12) – See Below


Resources Round Table Panel Discussion

Councilmember Stephen Levin joins a panel of experts to discuss resources available to people who are currently incarcerated or who have recent criminal convictions. 

Mindy S. Tarlow, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of CEO, will discuss services such as life-skills education , employment essentials and jobs placement. 

A graduate of the CEO program will discuss his experiences reentering the workplace 

after his release.

Nick Higgins, Supervising Librarian for Correctional Services at New York Public Library, will describe how the public library system brings mobile libraries to prisons. 

Meredith Walters, Acting-Director, Programs and Exhibitions Department at Brooklyn Public Library, will moderate the discussion.


“Second Chances” Workshops at the Brooklyn Public Library Business Library 


Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6-7:30 pm

Jobseekers Forum

Business Library Auditorium 

280 Cadman Plaza W. at Tillary St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201


This workshop is for formerly incarcerated people who are seeking jobs.  

The workshop will help prepare jobseekers to effectively sell themselves on their resumes and at interviews.  It will also help participants prepare for the job search process by informing them of the documents and information that they will need to share with a potential employer.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 6-7:30 pm

Small Business Forum

Business Library Auditorium 

280 Cadman Plaza W. at Tillary St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201



The second workshop is focused on small business owners who are interested in 

learning more about hiring a person with a criminal background.  The workshop will help inform employers of the benefits available to them if they hire someone with a criminal history and will also address questions and concerns they might have. 

Judith Whiting, General Counsel, for Community Services Society.


About Brooklyn Public Library:

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States with 60 neighborhood libraries. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a huge selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, job search help, literacy programs, public computers and the largest WiFi network in the borough. BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, as well as catalog information, are available to customers 24 hours a day at our website: www.bklynlibrary.org.


About The Center for Employment Opportunities:

The Center for Employment Opportunities is dedicated to providing effective and comprehensive employment services to people with recent criminal convictions. CEO believes that if the employment needs of people with recent convictions are addressed at their most vulnerable point -  when they are first released from incarceration or soon after conviction - they will be less likely to re-offend and more likely to build a positive foundation for themselves, their families and their communities. Additional information is available at the website: www.ceoworks.org



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