Author Archive: Prison Books Collective

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

Support Us!

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!   Our requests for books have recently jumped, and instead of spending $400 per month on postage, we’ve been spending $650 per month on postage alone!!! And that’s not counting copies, supplies and website (another $100). Your help is so critical!!  Note: We are now 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.



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.

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!

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Welcome Volunteers!!!

We’re excited to announce that we are now accepting new volunteers in our new space!! So please come to a workday!

Map to our space

Map to our workdays space

The address to volunteer is: 4312 Etta Rd, Durham, NC 27705. Don’t send mail here, use our PO Box.

Download a map with directions.

Note: GPS and mapping programs will get you to Etta Road, but our building is set back from the road, through some trees, so you can’t see it from Etta.

 

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We’ve moved into our NEW space!

We are excited to announce that we have a NEW SPACE!! We will remain in Durham, NC. We are very grateful to Human Kindness Foundation for generously donating space to us!!

We are taking one more weekend to get all settled in and organized. We hope to begin welcoming in new volunteers starting Sunday, June 11. Stay tuned to find out the exact address and directions.

Thanks to all of you for your support as we worked on finding a new space. We are looking forward to welcoming you to it soon!

Note: Donations of books are still on hold until we get more settled in. However, we always welcome financial donations!! With our new (larger!) space, we hope to be able to send books to even more people in prison, and we’d appreciate your support to make that happen! To donate: http://bit.ly/2h9Nb49.

In solidarity,
Prison Books Collective
Publishing and Distribution

We’re moving at the end of May!!

We will be packing up and then moving for the rest of May (May 21-May 31), so we will NOT be having our regular workdays filling packages, and thus are putting a pause on new volunteers. We’re still finalizing a new space. So stay tuned. Since we’ll be between locations and setting up for the next 3 weeks, please email us to get involved. If you’d like to help with the move, email us at prisonbooks@gmail.com.

If all goes as planned, we should be in a new space by the second week of June. Once that’s set, look for a new post with details!!

Thanks for your patience as we work on our move! We look forward to continuing to send books to people in NC and AL prisons and zines nationwide for many years to come.

“While there is a soul in prison I am not free.”

In solidarity,

Prison Books Collective