Sunday, July 26, 2009

Barnes & Noble Book Event

The recent book event at Barnes & Noble was amazing. Four ex-inmates who are in our various books were there an each had a time to share with the audience of about 30 people.

No correctional staff showed up. We had some prison volunteers and many people who had loved ones behind bars. It was a very touching and emotionally charged evening.

Our associate pastor and our new pastor even showed up. After it was over, our pastor told me that our church will sponsor another box of books for the inmates in our area.

One of the ex-inmates who has a story in "Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul" was there, and he sent a check a few days later to also sponsor a box of books for our local prisons. A woman in the audience, who I met by chance a few weeks before, sent a note after the event with a $50 bill and wrote, "Get as many of your books into the hands of those who need them." Funny that we didn't even ask for donations or sponsors at the event.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Barnes & Noble Discussion & Booksigning, Wed. July 15, 7 pm, Wilmington, DE

Discussion and Booksigning
Wednesday, July 15 at 7 pm
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
4801 Concord Pike
(Next to Concord Mall)
Wilmington DE 19803

Local authors and speakers, Laura and Tom Lagana, are here to discuss their newest book, "Serving Productive Time." Their book is for those who have been incarcerated, have loved ones in prison, who work or volunteer in a correctional facility, who have been a victim of crime, or for those who understand that we all share the responsibility of helping others. Their other books include, "Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul," "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul," "and Serving Time, Serving Others."

Voices of Hope -- The News Journal -- "Serving Productive Time"

Below are links to a recent article in The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware about about our new book, "Serving Productive Time."

Click here for Word file of article.

The Record Eagle -- Traverse City, Michigan -- "Serving Productive Time" in the News

Also see the pdf version at the link below:

Collection is for inmates, prison staff

TRAVERSE CITY -- Traverse City native Laura Hayes Lagana and her husband, Tom Lagana, have put together a collection of stories, poems, cartoons and quotations for inmates, prison staff and volunteers.

"Serving Productive Time: Stories, Poems, and Tips to Inspire Positive Change from Inmates, Prison Staff, and Volunteers" is published by Health Communications of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and includes two stories from a correctional officer in Washtenaw County as well as stories from inmates in Adrian, Kincheloe, Lapeer and Muskegon Heights.

The Laganas have also co-authored "Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul," "Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul" and "Serving Time, Serving Others." The couple hopes to send at least one book to every prison, jail and youth detention center in the U.S.

For more information, go to