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 November's campaign (collecting 1,080 books!) that helped replenish the stock of English dictionaries--particularly the most up-to-date editions--so in demand from incarcerated readers, we stick to the theme of reference. Each December the World Almanac puts out its latest version, a compendium of facts and statistics on politics, global affairs, culture, sports, science, and technology of the past year. For readers starved of news outside their walls, an almanac provides necessary context of the contemporary scene. Typically Books Through Bars exhausts their supply of World Almanacs within the first two months of the year. We hope this campaign, which triples the usual number we can provide in return for $30, will help plug that hole.
2023 World Almanac and Book of Facts
Freebird's December 2022 focuses on the 2023 World Almanac and Book of Facts-- $30 helps purchase 3 copies for incarcerated readers
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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