Why Send Books to Prisoners?

Education is one of the few methods proven to reduce the likelihood of a prisoner returning to prison after release. Find Out More >>

Thank You Volunteers!

Hundreds of people volunteer their time at Prison Book every year and do everything from sort the mail to post office runs. People come on their own and in groups. Thanks to everyone! Find Out More >>

 

Prisoner Book Review – Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover’s Soul

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Eat for Equity Preparing Vegetarian/Vegan Feast for PBP Fundraiser

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Vegetarian/Vegan Feast To Raise Funds For Mailing Books
Date:  Saturday November 15, 6:30 to 9pm
Place:  United First Parish Church, 1306 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169
Admission:  Donation/Give as able – $10-$20 suggested.  Reserve ahead or drop by.

Mark your calendars! Eat for Equity, a nationwide effort that advocates for equality and social justice-focused causes, will be holding a local dinner on November 15th to benefit Prison Book Program!  The dinner will be a homemade vegan feast with gluten free options served buffet style. Bring your friends, family, and loved ones and help support the Prison Book Program.

Menu:  

  • Fusili with cashews, lentils and tomato
  • Lemon quinoa with chickpeas
  • Wilted kale and roasted sweet potato salad
  • Pita, rolls and housemade hummus
  • Six-minute chocolate cake

Attendance is donation based ($10-$20 suggested) with all proceeds going to support the Prison Book Program’s Postage Fund.  Buy tickets ahead of time at EventBrite.com.  Or donate at the door.  

The United First Parish Church (aka The Church of the Presidents) has generously donated the use of their kitchen and dining room to make this happen.  Tours of this historic building and the tombs of John Adams, John Quincy Adams and their wives will also be available.

Learn more about Eat for Equity at: www.eatforequity.org and the United First Parish Church at www.ufpc.org.

Celebrating 10 Years in Quincy!

quincyTime flies!  The weekend of October 18-19 marks the 10th anniversary of our move to Quincy and the United First Parish Church.  In that time we’ve mailed over 100,000 books to over 60,000 prisoners!  Hundreds of volunteers have contributed countless hours to answering book requests.  Join us in celebrating 10 years of literacy in Quincy with two events:

Saturday Packing Session
Saturday, October 18, 10am to 4pm

We’ll launch our second decade in Quincy by doing what we do best – sending books to prisoners. Volunteer with us!  Our shelves are bursting with great books and lots of prisoners are waiting.  We’re aiming to send out 400 packages!

Celebration of Our Partnership with the United First Parish Church
Sunday, October 19, 10:30 am

PBP joins the United First Parish Church in celebrating our 10 year partnership during their regular Sunday service.   UFPC’s new minister, Rev. Rebecca Froom and PBP volunteers will lead the service.   All PBP volunteers, past and present are invited to attend.

Isaiah Collects Books for Prison Book Program as his Bar Mitzvah Project

Isaiah Goldsmith with Books He Collected for PBP

12 year old Isaiah Goldsmith made an unusual choice for his Bar Mitzvah project – collecting books for the Prison Book Program.  Isaiah asked his family and friends to bring book donations to his Bar Mitzvah celebration.  They responded with a car-load of books which Isaiah and his mom, Jennifer delivered to Quincy recently.

Isaiah talked about his work with PBP and other organizations in his Bar Mitzvah speech.  Here’s what he had to say:

Prisoner Book Survey & the UK Ban on Mailing Books to Prisoners

Recently the United Kingdom banned the mailing of books to prisoners from the outside in an effort to cut down on the “perks and privileges” available to them.  In a protest organized by English PEN and The Howard League for Penal Reform, British authors have sent the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, protest postcards with the name of the book they would most like to send to a prisoner – if they still could.

We thought we would contribute some of our own “favorite books” and what they mean — except these are prisoners’ favorite books.  These are the results of a survey that asked prisoners about books and the role they play in their lives. Their responses show that books are far from a perk or a privilege.