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Thanks for your interest in getting reading materials into the hands of people locked in our nation’s prisons and jails. We send free books and zines (small booklets) to people locked up in North Carolina and Alabama, and zines nationwide!

  • DONATE MONEY: Our biggest need is always money! In order to keep sending books and zines into prisons, we need your help! We spend around $500 per month on postage alone!!! And another $50-$60 on printing, supplies and website. Your help is so critical!! Note: We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so all donations are tax deductible. Email us for more information: prisonbooks@gmail.com.
  • VOLUNTEER: Workdays are every Sunday, 1-4 pm at 4312 Etta Rd, Durham, NC. See this post for more details about our new location and directions. And check out our volunteering page for general information about volunteering. (For info on the rare weather or holiday-related closings check out our Facebook page.)
  • DONATE BOOKS: At this time, we are ONLY accepting specific high-demand genres. Check out our book donation page for more details and instructions for donating.



Possible website downtime as we switch hosts

We just found out that our current website host company (Gaia Host Collective) is unfortunately shutting down effective August 1, 2019. We are going to start figuring out our options now, but transitions to new hosts typically involve at least a little downtime. So if you visit our website between now (May 5, 2019) and August 1 and it’s down, please check back the next day. If it’s still not back, please send us an email: prisonbooks@gmail.com!! We’ll also try to keep our Facebook page updated, if our website is down: https://www.facebook.com/prisonbookscollective/

Oh and if anyone would like to help us with navigating the transition to a new host, drop us a line (prisonbooks@gmail.com)! Gaia has some suggestions on their page where they provide more details about the decision to shut down.

 

Fundraiser at Ben & Jerry’s Chapel Hill April 16, 2019

It’s time for ANOTHER benefit at Ben & Jerry’s in Chapel Hill!

What: Fundraising Event for Prison Books Collective!! Help us send free books to people locked in North Carolina and Alabama prisons!
When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12-11 pm
Where: Ben & Jerry’s, 102 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
How it works: You come in to buy a frozen treat (both dairy and non-dairy available!). We get a portion of the sales! We’ll also have a donation jar. It’s just that easy!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/829762410749895/
Bring yourself! Bring your friends! Spread the word!

Ben & Jerry's April 16, 2019 Benefit

Words of Fire 9 is Out!

Greetings!
We are excited to announce that we finally published the 9th edition of Words of Fire, our semi-regular ‘zine of writings, drawings, and poetry by people in prison!! Words of Fire 9 Cover

It was actually completed in May 2017 and we’ve been sending it into prisons for the past year. We’ve just been slow to post it on our website. It includes some great poems and essays, along with beautiful drawings!! Although many of the submissions are from North Carolina and nearby states, our cover images was drawn by someone from a prison in Oregon!

We are incredibly grateful to all the authors for sharing their work with us. We also owe a huge thank you to the dedicated students from Criminal Justice Awareness and Action at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They spent the 2016-2017 school year typing up, proofreading and then laying out Words of Fire 9. Check CJAA out on Facebook as well.

Check out past issues of Words of Fire, along with a print-ready version of WOF 9 on our projects page.

Fundraiser at Ben & Jerry’s Chapel Hill April 19, 2018

It’s time for ANOTHER benefit at Ben & Jerry’s in Chapel Hill!

What: Fundraising Event for Prison Books Collective!! Help us send free books to people locked in North Carolina and Alabama prisons!
When: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12-10 pm
Where: Ben & Jerry’s, 102 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
How it works: You come in to buy a frozen treat (both dairy and non-dairy available!). We get a portion of the sales! We’ll also have a donation jar. It’s just that easy!
The one in April of last year a HUGE success. We raised $444 with your help!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/153664935329883/
Bring yourself! Bring your friends! Spread the word!

Prison Books Fundraiser April 19 and Ben and Jerry's Chapel Hill

Back to only accepting specific genres

After a couple months of accepting ALL books, we are now back to ONLY accepting soft cover books and only certain high-demand genres. Please check out our book donation page for more about what we’re looking for.

Wondering what all those books were being collected for? It’s a benefit book sale a group of UNC students (Student Chapter of the American Library Association) has been organizing for many years. Last year they raised $750 for us, the prior year it was $1,500!!! Help make the book sale a success by spreading the word!

Benefit Book Sale: April 3-5, 9 am to 5 pm, Davis Library on the UNC campus (208 Raleigh St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514). On Facebook.

Want some ideas of the sorts of books we’re currently accepting? We have a new Amazon wish list that has some example books that we’d like. It is far from an exhaustive list. And having this list is not an endorsement of the retail, consumer monster that is Amazon, it’s just a convenient place for us to let you know what we’d like! Note: we prefer that you order items to your home and then bring them to a workday. If you’re not located in the area, we have a gift mailing address, but we can only accept items ordered directly through Amazon (not 3rd party sellers, which is where used books usually come from). If you’d like to order used books and need them delivered, email us (prisonbooks@gmail.com) to make arrangements.  Do NOT mail books to our workdays address or our PO Box. We can’t receive packages there. Thanks!

Dec. 25th, Annual Christmas Caroling at Central Prison

Christmas Caroling at Central Prison (2015)

Christmas 2015 outside Central Prison

Monday, December 25th, 10 am Christmas Caroling outside Central Prison in Raleigh. Meet under the railroad trestle off W. Cabarrus St.

Wake up early on Christmas Day and show people in Central Prison that they’re not forgotten! Bring drums or other noise makers if you have them! The more noise we make, the more likely people on the inside will hear us!

This annual event is organized by the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker House. Meet at 10 am under the railroad tracks off W. Cabarrus St. The best way to get there is turn onto S. Boylan Ave from Western Blvd, then left on Dorothea Dr, and park just after the street turns to the right. Here’s a link to the meeting spot on a map.

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster for October 2017 is Now Available

October Political Prisoner Birthday Cake

Hello Friends and Comrades,

  1. Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for October.(11″x17″ PDF, 759KB) Also available as a shareable PNG here (imgur link). Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at ppbirthday@riseup.net.
  2. Do you need help advertising for your local Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night? Are you interested in distributing physical copies of the poster? Write to us and let’s find a way to get physical copies of our poster to you: ppbirthday@riseup.net

Remember: They are in there for us, we are out here for them!

Fellow Workers: Remember! We are in here for you, you are out there for us!

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Political Prisoner Birthday Crew

Political Prisoner Birthday Poster for September 2017 is Now Available

September Political Prisoner Birthday Cake

Hello Friends and Comrades,

  1. Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for September.(11″x17″ PDF, 8.13MB) Also available in color here, and as a shareable PNG here (imgur link). Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at ppbirthday@riseup.net.
  2. A special thank you to the designers of this month’s poster. Designers are constantly bombarded with requests to work their trade for free, for publicity, or for a cause, and every month the PPBD Posters project relies on their generosity of time, skill and devotion to the cause of prison abolition.
  3. Do you need help advertising for your local Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night? Are you interested in distributing physical copies of the poster? Write to us and let’s find a way to get physical copies of our poster to you: ppbirthday@riseup.net
  4. Hey, are you following us on Instagram yet?
  5. Be sure to check out the latest Political Prisoner/Prisoner Of War every-other week update (PDF, [##]KB) by the NYC-Anarchist Black Cross. There are lots of important updates on many political prisoners. This one includes updates on Standing Rock, Veronza Bowers, Sundiata Acoli, Eric King, and more.

Remember: They are in there for us, we are out here for them!

Fellow Workers: Remember! We are in here for you, you are out there for us!

Until Every Cage Is Empty,

The Political Prisoner Birthday Crew

Fundraiser at Ben and Jerry’s Chapel Hill Sept 12

We’re excited to announce that we’re having ANOTHER benefit night at Ben and Jerry’s in Chapel Hill!

What: Benefit Event for Prison Books Collective!! Help us send free books to people locked in NC and AL prisons!
When: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 12-10 pm
Where: Ben and Jerry’s, 102 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
How it works: You come in to buy a frozen treat (both dairy and non-dairy available!). We get a portion of the sales! We’ll also have a donation jar. It’s just that easy!
The last one was in April a HUGE success. We raised $444 with your help!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1353061794791145
Bring yourself! Bring your friends! Spread the word!

Ben+Jerrys Event-FBcover-2017-09-12