We are delighted to have been awarded an Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. Five organizations were recognized for “modeling creative approaches to sharing literature with diverse audiences.” The $2,500 prize will go a long way toward helping us continue to serve women prisoners in nine states.
Many thanks to our awesome volunteer Linnea who identified this opportunity and coordinated the initiative!
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!