Friday, August 17, 2007

Books To Prisoners

Please help keep "Book To Prisoners" going. Buy any book from and "Books To Prisoners" will earn a referral fee of 5%, which in turn helps them pay for postage to send books to prisoners. Below is a direct link to from "Books To Prisoners" website.
"Books To Prisoners" (BTP) is a Seattle-based, all-volunteer, non-profit group that sends free books to prisoners in the United States.
BTP believes that books are tools for learning and opening minds to new ideas and possibilities. By sending books to prisoners, they hope to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement.
Founded in the early 1970s and sponsored by
Left Banks Books, BTP receives 600 to 800 requests for books each month. Volunteers work two evenings a week opening letters, finding books in their collection that correspond to the request, and wrapping and mailing parcels. Because of continuing backlog of requests, prisoners sometimes wait up to six months to receive their books.
Prisoners request a variety of books. Most prisons accept paperback books only. The most popular requests are dictionaries, thesauruses, African American history and fiction, Native American studies, legal material, GED materials, and languages (particularly Spanish.) Other common requests include fiction, vocational-technical manuals, politics, anthropology, art and drawing, psychology, and health and fitness.

If you shop at Amazon, consider shopping through their search box on bottom of their website and 5% proceeds go directly to them.
Whether you are looking for books on prison issues or for the latest bestseller, any book you buy through "Books To Prisoners" website BTP will earn a referral fee of 5%, which in turn helps them pay for postage to send books to prisoners.

Please feel free to email me your books to prisoners blog or website from your community. See my contact information lower right on sidebar of my blog, for contact information. I will create a list and add to my blog if accepted. Let's all help get books to prisoners.

Prison Legal News An independent 36-page monthly publication that provides a cutting edge review and analysis of prisoner rights, court rulings, and news about prison issues, with a focus on both state and federal prison issues.
The Other Side of the Wall Prison writings, essays, literature, links. A comprehensive introduction to the world of incarceration.
Prison Art Newsletter A non-profit website created to give online outlet for the sale of crafts and artwork created by political prisoners.

A read an interesting post from
A Book Blog by Keir Graff
Dated Aug.17 Under Likely Stories; called "Prison Libraries Might Be The Most Popular Libraries Of All" , interesting

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