Freebird book drive for NYC Books Through Bars
While NYC Books Through Bars operating out of Freebird's basement is currently limiting in-person volunteering and drop offs due to COVID-19, book requests continue to pour in from prisons around the country: nearly 300 per week. In response to the challenges of accepting those donations during the pandemic, we have started a monthly program in which specific, in-demand titles can be purchased through Freebird at a discount.
Following October's drive spotlighting spooky and science-y titles--480 books collected!--we return to subjects that fly off our shelves in response to incarcerated reader requests: science fiction and business advice. Long before the release of the Denis Villeneuve film adaptation, Frank Herbert's saga of sandworms and resource-plundered desert planets has been popular within the walls of prisons. But too often Books Through Bars has had to send the titles separately and out of order. For this month we keep the series together: Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune. And for the first time since we started the book drive, we are including a title from a previous bundle. Mind Your Business by Ilana Griffo is a workbook for the aspiring entrepreneur. Back in April we collected 225 copies of the guide, and quickly fulfilled the many requests in the category. What we like about this particular reference work is that it's for the beginner, with tips on how to develop a business plan, organize with set goals, and build through marketing and press.
Dune saga Books 1 to 3, Mind Your Business
Freebird's November 2021 picks include Books 1 to 3 of Frank Herbert's Dune saga, and a copy of Mind Your Business by Ilana Griffo.
Please note that these books will be sent to NYC Books Through Bars to fulfill requests from incarcerated readers at prisons nationwide.
PLEASE NOTE that the books purchased through Freebird are ones that will be delivered directly to Books Through Bars so that they can fulfill requests from incarcerated readers.
Looking for a book for yourself? Check out our page at Bookshop.org, including lists of recommended reads from Piper Kerman, Victoria Law, Albert Woodfox, Victor LaValle, Mat Johnson, and others!
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