Thank you, Pastor Bill Hutchison and everyone at Resurrection Lutheran. This generous grant will help us send more books to more women in prison. We know there are many worthy causes, and we are grateful that you’ve recognized our work in this way. Many thanks as well to our longtime volunteer Betsy for helping make this happen!
On Sunday we moved to our new space at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N. Hermitage Avenue. A break from snowfall, a sunny sky and everyone pulling together made it all go smoothly.
Thank you to all the wonderful people at RFUMC who made this possible and have welcomed us so warmly, as well as to all the volunteers who turned out on Sunday afternoon. We’re still getting organized and putting things in place, but our doors are open 2–5 pm on Sunday if you have paperback books or other materials you’d like to drop off.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison is moving in two weeks, and we need everyone’s help with two important things:
- We have to collectively determine where our new home will be. Learn more about our three appealing options and vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CQTHFV7
- We need boxes for books, we need tape for the boxes, we need people to help remove our shelving from the walls in our current home at 950 W Newport, and we will eventually need people to help us unpack and sort out our new home. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how you’re able to help!
We love new volunteers, and to enhance the training experience we’ve introduced a dedicated orientation session. It takes place the last Sunday of each month, 1–2pm—right before our regular work session, 2–5pm. Get the details here.
Of course, if Sundays are inconvenient for you, but you’d still like to help us get books in the hands of women in prison, there are many ways to get involved.
Tags: book donations, Cook County Jail, prison library, volunteers
From time to time we find ourselves running out of room, especially after a few large donations. That’s when we sort through the duplicates and items not likely to be of interest to the readers we serve, and we reach out to prison libraries.
Recently, our volunteer Scott Feigenhauer coordinated the preparation and delivery of a large donation of books to the Cook County Department of Corrections. Director Theresa Olson of Inmate Services wrote Scott:
On behalf of Sheriff Tom Dart and the Inmate Services Department at the Cook County Department of Corrections, please accept this sincere ‘Thank You’ to you and to all the amazing people in your circles for uniting together to donate 36 boxes of books to fill our jail libraries.
All of the donated books will directly benefit over 12,600 inmates at the Cook County Department of Corrections. The Sheriff’s Office is adding recreational libraries for a total of 11 individual libraries inside each division of the Department of Corrections. The inmates will be allowed to check out books for reading while they are housed in their cells. The inmates will now have the fortunate opportunity to enjoy books of an educational, recreational and instructional nature.
The new jail libraries opened on Monday, September 9, and we are proud to have helped this happen.
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Recently we received several boxes of GED books, workbooks, dictionaries, blank journals and many other books. The woman dropping them off explained that the donation was in memory of her daughter Kristine, who died two years ago. At a small gathering on what would have been Kristine’s 23rd birthday, family and friends brought books for donation to CBWP.
As a student at Boston College, Kristine had volunteered as a tutor at the local prison. We’re grateful for the generous donation and honored to share what Kristine wrote about her experience. Continue reading ‘A Special Donation in Memory of Kristine’