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.
November 2023's pick--the 2024 World Almanac and Book of Facts, $30 for three books
Last month we took a break from collecting books to focus on good old fashioned cash fundraising for Books Through Bars, especially as the collective faces new challenges from state corrections facilities. Good news on two fronts: your generosity raised $2500 dollars to continue their efforts, AND Texas has allowed BTB to resume mailing to incarcerated readers there.
So we pick up where we left off with our annual campaign for world almanacs. Every year we do a push for the latest almanac--next to dictionaries and comic books the most requested item by incarcerated readers. With the 2024 edition soon to pub, we hope you can help us match or exceed last year's tally (423). BTB was able to fulfill requests of that 2023 edition until recently (they literally mailed the last of them this past week), and now is looking to stock up for the next 12 months. For readers starved of news outside their walls, an almanac provides necessary context of the contemporary scene.
Freebird's November 2023 pick include three copies of the 2024 World Almanac-- $30 for three copies
Please note that when Square processes your order they describe it as a "digital delivery". That does not refer to way the books will be delivered to incarcerated readers. Your purchase will go towards NYC Books Through Bars fulfilling requests with physical copies of the aforementioned titles.
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!
Want to give a gift card? Freebird has e-gift cards available here for your birthday and holiday needs (and to redeem for future book drives)!
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