donation from Tucker county!

Grateful to AmeriCorps and friends from Thomas, WV, who organized a book drive and dropped off loads of material (over 800 books!) that APBP needs, including dictionaries & legal guides. They persevered through rain & snow to do good work!

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books are healthy

Nice to learn that APBP helped this person lose 60 pounds. It is especially hard to stay healthy in prison. Books can help.

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what does it mean to do time?

Last week the women’s prison book club talked about We’re All Doing Time, a guide from the 1970s about meditation, yoga, struggle, what it means to be calm and to be free. It was beautiful.

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a history of books

The first page of APBP’s first notebook of outgoing mail, followed by the first page of APBP’s most recent notebook (volume 4!) We’ve been doing this for 13 years and have mailed over 25,000 books and really like this tiger.

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APBP’s New Podcast

Listen to the first episode of APBP’s new podcast, “Contact Across the Divide,” featuring stories from APBP and West Virginia Innocence Project volunteers and exploring stories about what facilities, limits, and motivates contact with incarcerated populations.

Contact Across the Divide: Episode 1

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What Do People in Prison Want to Read?

 We have collected letters with very specific requests that we cannot fill because we don’t have what they want in our storage space. We’ve reached out to our wonderful network for donations. Posting here because the list is so interesting!

• American Sign Language (2 copies needed)
• Beginner’s Spanish (3 copies needed)
• Bible (2 copies needed)
• Bible (large print) (2 copies needed)
• Book of Enoch
• Buddhism
• Card tricks (how-to)
• Contemporary novel in Spanish
• Cosmetology
• Cross stitch book
• Crossword/word search/word puzzle book
• Dictionary (large print) (2 copies needed)
• Dungeon & Dragon (how-to play)
• Fishing
• Garfield comics
• Hinduism
• Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”
• Planner/journal (2017-2018 with decorations/leaves)
• Quran
• Star Wars book
• Stephen King’s “It”
• Torah

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letter sorting

On Sept. 22, 2017, APBP sorted through the letters we have received over the past decade! This is step-one in our plan to create a digital archives.table

avery 2017 letter archives

 

 

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