Published November 24, 2013
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 email@example.com to let us know how you’re able to help!
Published September 26, 2013
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.
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.
Published September 2, 2013
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Published September 1, 2013
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’
Published August 30, 2013
Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons
Megan Sweeney. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. 332 pp.
Since you’re reading our blog and are interested in the work we do, you’ll want to know about this book.
Sweeney is an assistant professor of English and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The book is based on individual interviews and group discussions with 94 women (mostly African American) in three institutions in North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. She organized reading groups focusing on narratives of victimization, African American urban fiction, and self-help and inspiration texts, and explored how “women use reading to counter the ‘social death’ that imprisonment entails, and to achieve critical insight, self-development, and even transformation.” Continue reading ‘Read a Terrific Book About Reading in Women’s Prisons’
Published August 27, 2013
Attention bookworms: Chicago Books to Women in Prison is going to be taking Sunday, September 1 off from packing books in observance of labor day. We invite you to read a good book that day…maybe Nelson Lichtenstein’s State of the Union?