New Volunteers: Next Orientation is Sunday, January 4

We’ll be skipping a week in our usual last-Sunday-of-the-month volunteer orientation schedule to better accommodate holiday plans for many. (We will be open 2–5 p.m. for current volunteers and drop-off donations of books and leftover money.)

Join us for our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers—Sunday, January 4, 1–2 p.m., right before our regular 2–5pm work session. Get the details here.

You may find this well timed for taking action with a New Year’s resolution or two. Volunteer? Meet new people? Get involved with an issue you care about? Make a concrete, personal difference in the lives of people in difficult circumstances?

If you’re not often available on Sunday, check out other ways to get involved and help give women in prison the self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.


891 packages so far in 2021

Packages carrying books of all kinds and composition books to women and trans people locked up across the country! (In 2020—with our capacity drastically cut due to COVID-19 precautions—we sent 1,964 packages. In 2019, we sent 5,117 packages; in 2018, 4,852.) Big, big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you, especially in this most difficult time. (updated June 14, 2021)

Donate money quickly and easily

Or send your check or money order to 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible.

Shop our wish list today

Buy books we need online and we pick them up—no shipping fee, no wasteful packaging. (Or buy a gift card if you can’t decide!) Your purchase benefits not just the people we serve, but one of Chicago’s best indy bookstores.

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