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Fall 2014 Book Sale

Wednesday, October 22nd, we will be holding a Book Sale! You can find us on the WVU campus in Colson Hall–the beautiful English department building–room 130 from 9am to 4pm.

Stop by and see us!

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Harrisonburg, VA, benefit raises $250 for APBP

Many thanks to law student Aaron Moss who organized a benefit concert for APBP in Virginia, one of the six states in our service region. We appreciate so much the time and effort of Aaron, the musicians, and others who participated in making this event happen. Organizing benefit concerts is a great way to help APBP raise money–this is a great example! If you are so inclined, why not organize one in your hometown? :-)

Harrisonburg Benefit Flyer

Flyer from benefit concert in Harrisonburg, VA, that raised about $250 for APBP.

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13 January 2013 · 4:55 pm

Fall 2012 Update

Today an article about APBP was published by the Associated Press, which explains the nearly 400 hits we’ve had on the site before noon today. (As a point of reference, 10 hits/day would be about average.) Of course, this reminds a blog-keeper like myself that the site hasn’t been updated with any news in way too long, so hopefully the next few hundred “clickers” on our site today will enjoy our fall update!

  •  We had a great fundraiser concert at one of Morgantown’s finest venues, 123 Pleasant Street, last week. We raised about $400, or enough to send about 200 books.  Many thanks to the organizers of this event, including Mark Brazaitis, Elissa Evans, Rayna Momen, and Olga Gonzalez, and to LJ at 123 for giving us a great venue for our fundraiser. Performers included Almost Blue, Best Friends, and Haley Slagle & Billy Matheny, some of Morgantown’s finest musicians; we appreciate the time and talent they donated to the cause.
  • WVU Law Students are collecting donations for APBP. Law students were very helpful in helping us navigate the course to become an offical, tax-exempt nonprofit, and we appreciate everything they contribute to the organization.
  • As mentioned above, in addition to local press, APBP was recently featured in an article published by the Associated Press. Dominique Bruno gave a great interview to Vicki Smith, the article’s author, for the project–be sure to have a read!
  • Saturday volunteer packing sessions continue weekly from 10am-1pm in the Aull House on Spruce Street, next to the Morgantown Public Library. Come down and help us out if you feel so inclined!
  • As usual, we are grateful to ALL volunteers who help us out in any capacity to make sure that our mission of sending books to prisoners in our service region continues to be carried out, even when we are low on resources. Thanks to all of you!

And thanks to all of you who are checking out our site for the first time today in response to our national press. We appreciate your interest in our project and hope you will stay in touch by joining our Facebook page, subscribing to this blog, or contacting us to be added to our email list. It is wonderful to have friends from across the nation and world!


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Fundraising letter campaign for APBP

As our founder, Katy Ryan, puts it, “our enthusiasm for sending out books overran our budget.” That is just a nice way to say that we’re broke. We have begun a fundraising letter campaign. Here is the letter that will be sent to potential donors. If you feel compelled to donate, you can do so through PayPal via the link the left, or by sending a check to us at the following address:

Appalachain Prison Book Project/P.O. Box 601/Morgantown, WV 26507

Dear Friends,

We write to you on behalf of the Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) in Morgantown, West Virginia. APBP is a community and student organization that provides free books to men and women imprisoned in six states (MD, KY, OH, TN, VA, WV). The Project is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who have mailed over 8,000 books since 2006.

For the last three years, APBP has benefited from a WVU Public Service Grant that enabled us to pay for postage, our primary expense (approximately $4000.00/year). We are no longer eligible for the grant, which has put a great financial strain on our day-to-day operations. It is possible that APBP will have to close its doors, temporarily or permanently, if we are unable to raise a significant amount of money.

Each month, we send out hundreds of books that impact prisoners, from those who are avid readers to those who are struggling to catch up on their education to those in need of medical information. Take, for instance, a man from Tennessee who wrote to us:

 I received books from you over a year ago. I would like to receive more if at all possible. My situation has changed. I have MS and am bound to a wheelchair so I spend most of my time reading. I don’t have anyone on the outside that can help me with finances or packages. You are very special people to do this for us. It transports me to different lands, tests my ability to solve murder/mystery, and laugh at the comedy.

 It is our hope that APBP will continue to serve people who so clearly desire the chance to acquire knowledge and information and to improve their lives while incarcerated. To continue our work, we need your help. Donating just $20.00 would enable us to send books to 10 people while a $50.00 donation would enable us to provide books to approximately 25 prisoners. NO GIFT IS TOO SMALL.

 To make a tax-deductible donation, please see the website

Thanks so much!

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Fundraisers needed

APBP is looking for a few good fundraisers to help us through the next few months. We do have some longer-range plans in the works, but in the meantime, given the sharp decrease in public service grant funds awarded to us this past year, and our ever-increasing popularity as word spreads among the incarcerated folks we serve, the bank account is unfortunately running a little low! If you are an APBP supporter who would like to help us raise funds– and you have a great idea to help make that happen– please contact us at, or email katy ryan at One idea that we are always excited about is musicians doing fundraiser shows in the local community, so be you a member of a band or a solo balladeer that wants to help out, send us a line! Other creative ideas welcome. Thanks!

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Eagle Scout applicant collects 600+ books for APBP. Thanks!

Many thanks to Thomas, an Eagle Scout applicant from Charleston, who collected hundreds of books for the Appalachian Prison Book Project for his service project and hand-delivered them to us this past week. Wow, we really appreciate it, and what a great example of how one person can make a big difference!

Of course,  many thanks also to all who contributed to this young man’s project and helped him get to Morgantown with the FIFTEEN boxes. We will surely put these books to good use!

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