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Support the Prison Yoga Project

pyp-logoWe receive many requests for yoga books from the women we serve, and one of the best we’ve seen is Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery, published by the Prison Yoga Project. We’re grateful for the free books they’ve sent us.

The Prison Yoga Project also conducts classes and instructor training in prisons across the country. One incarcerated person said, “With the barrage of negativity in prisons, they are unyielding breeding grounds for intense suffering, chaos, noise, overcrowding, violence, ineffective medical care and poor food. But occasionally, every so often, friendship, kindness, compassion and programs of meaningful substance come along. The Yoga program is a life-sustaining and meaningful one that I nurture and value because it is not only positive, it supports my growth and success.”

Help the Prison Yoga Project continue and do even more. They have 20 days remaining in their ambitious Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The Indiegogo campaign is over, but you can still help. Please support them as you are able.

New Volunteers: Next Orientation is Sunday, September 27

Kylie in Indiana heard about us from a friend and sent us this wonderful note along with her first order for books:

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Come help make a difference with us—one package of books at a time. Join us for our next new volunteer orientation, led by one of our experienced volunteers, Sunday, September 27, 1–2 p.m., right before our regular 2–5 p.m. work session. Get the details here.

Can’t make it this Sunday? Plan now to join us for the Sunday, October 25 orientation. Or learn how you can get involved in other ways. See you soon!

Up in Here book discussion—Fri., June 5 at City Lit Books

Join us at City Lit Books in welcoming Mark Dostert to discuss his debut memoir, Up in Here: Jailing Kids on Chicago’s Other Side, which chronicles his experiences as a counselor at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, Chicago’s infamous 500-cell juvenile jail, known as the Audy Home.

Mark will be in conversation with Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. We’re looking forward to a provocative dialogue. Don’t miss it!

Friday, June 5, 6:30 p.m.
CityLit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago

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Learn more on the City Lit event page.

New Volunteers: Next Orientation is Sunday, May 3

Exciting things are happening at Chicago Books to Women in Prison and we’d love for you to be a part of it all.

Join us for our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers—Sunday, May 3, 1–2 p.m., right before our regular 2–5 p.m. work session. Get the details here. (Note that this is a week later than our usual last-Sunday-of-the-month schedule.)

Learn how you can make a personal, powerful difference in the lives of Rebecca H. and other incarcerated women.

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New Volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, February 22

It may be cold outside, but you’ll find a warm atmosphere as a volunteer with Chicago Books to Women in Prison. It’s such a simple thing we do—selecting and sending books in response to requests we receive in the mail—and very rewarding.

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Continue reading ‘New Volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, February 22’

Snow Day

SnowyBranchesAccording to the latest weather bulletin, we could be getting 18 inches of snow by tonight, so we’ll take a rare day off for safety’s sake.

We’ll be open next week as usual for volunteers and donation drop-offs.

New Volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, January 25

Please join us for our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers, this Sunday, January 25, 1–2 p.m. Then stay for our regular 2–5 p.m. work session. Get the details here. Continue reading ‘New Volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, January 25’

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.) Continue reading ‘New Volunteers: Next Orientation is Sunday, January 4’

New Volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, November 30

Concerned about prison issues and want to get involved? Intrigued by the chance to make a concrete, personal difference in the lives of prisoners?

Join us for our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers—Sunday, November 30, 1–2pm, right before our regular 2–5pm work session. Get the details here.

If you can’t make it this week, plan now to join us for our next orientation. These monthly events usually take place the last Sunday of the month, but to better accommodate holiday travel and such, our next orientation will be Sunday, January 4. This might even tie in nicely to a New Year’s resolution or two. Volunteer? Meet new people? Save the world (or at least one small part of it)?

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.

New Volunteers: Orientation this Sunday, October 26

It’s easy to make a difference in a concrete, personal way in the lives of incarcerated women looking for the self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides.

Join us for our next orientation session, led by one of our experienced volunteers. It takes place the last Sunday of each month, 1–2pm, right before our regular 2–5pm work session. Get the details here.

If you can’t make it this week, plan now to join us for the November 30 orientation. Not available on Sundays? There are lots of other ways to get involved and help get books in the hands of women in prison. We hope to see you soon!


4,481 packages so far in 2019

Last year we sent 4,852 packages to women and trans people locked up across the country—nearly 13,500 books and composition books in all. Big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you! (updated November 18, 2019)

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