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Saturday volunteer sessions

This winter/spring we are planning to have a scheduled volunteer, and others, packing up books in the office space on Saturdays from 10-1. Our first Saturdays were very productive. Come on down to the Garlow House, next to the Morgantown Public Library at 373 Spruce Street,  if you would like to help fill requests! All are welcome. However,  if you are new, please send an email or post on our Facebook page just to make sure that there have been no last-minute cancellations by our scheduled volunteers. If you know the routine already, you can come over and get to work regardless. 🙂


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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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Want to learn more about or volunteer with APBP?

With all the press we’ve been getting lately (an article in The Dominion Post, a radio interview with WV Public Broadcasting, and a local news story scheduled to air this evening on WDTV Channel 5 at 6 and 11), I thought it might be a good idea to welcome those who are visiting our site thanks to one of those pieces and to tell them how they can help out if they feel so inclined! I also invite you to join our listserv to help stay updated on our happenings. Send a message to if you would like to be added. We try to stay on top of our email, but don’t worry if you don’t hear back for a few days–we are definitely happy to hear from you and will get on the list as soon as possible!

 In the meantime, here are a couple of our immediate and/or continual needs:

1) We need volunteers in the Morgantown area to help us pack books. We receive literally dozens of letters each week, and it takes a lot of wo/man power to get all those requests filled and ready to send! Before you start packing, you will need a tutorial to learn the ropes of the process. Send an email to if you would like to schedule a tutorial at our location in downtown Morgantown.

2) We need dictionaries! Dictionaries must be paperback, as most prisons will not allow hardback books for their inmates.  So many prisoners are asking for dictionaries, we constantly run out, so if you have one or more to spare, it would be much appreciated!

3) We need ideas for fundraising. As an organization that runs entirely on the work of volunteers and a very small budget, we are always looking for ways to raise money. Monetary donations are, of course, also accepted, appreciated, and put to good use. 🙂

4) Any other ways you can imagine helping the project, let us know. We are always open to new and fresh ideas!

Thanks for your interest in the project!

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Dictionaries needed.

We can always use them. ALWAYS!

Let us know if you’d like to make a donation (paperback, please, as many prisons will not allow hardcover books) or otherwise have a brilliant dictionary-acquisition idea. 🙂

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APBP New Year Update–Packing help needed!

We are already a month into 2010–hard to believe! The new year has brought plenty of letters to APBP, and we could really use some additional packing help. Heather, our graduate assistant, is planning to be in the space a few days a week, which would be a great time for newcomers to stop by and learn the ropes of packing books. Once you know what to do, you can stop by the space at your convenience during open hours and do some packing on your own. I would recommend that you confirm that there will be someone there before you come if you are new and need a tutorial but generally Tuesdays & Wednesdays from around 4-7, and Friday afternoons around 1-3 Heather plans to be around.  (If you can’t come at those times, send us an email and maybe we can find someone to meet you when you are available.) So come on down, bring a friend, and help us meet the growing demand for our services!
Coming soon: pics of the space. Stay tuned!

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Packing party planned for Wednesday October 14, 2009!

And did we mention pizza?

Wednesday 10/14/09, 11:30am-1:30pm in Colson Hall Rm 130.

Lots of books to pack, all are welcome to help out for as long as they can.

Also, paper bag donations being accepted, can be dropped off in the office space.

Email if you have any questions.

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Seeking donations on these topics

These topics are currently in demand, according to our graduate assistant, Heather. If you have any extras in your collection and would like to donate them to the project, please email to coordinate a drop-off, either with one of our volunteers or at our office location where donations are accepted during open hours. (No after-hours drop-offs outside the door, please, upon request of our hosts.) Thanks!

Native American traditions and spirituality
Foreign language dictionaries (any language, but especially Spanish)
Books on art, drawing, and photography
Legal aid
GED text/workbooks

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