iDiversity is collecting books on behalf of Chicago Books to Women in Prison, which is an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to people incarcerated in women’s prisons nationwide to offer women behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides.
The book drive will run through the end of the semester. The donation box is in the 4th Floor Lounge in Hornbake.
What’s accepted: paperbacks, in new/good condition, published in the last 10 years. Particularly looking for:
- Urban books
- Contemporary African-American romance
- True crime
- Transgender fiction and non-fiction
- Bisexual fiction and non-fiction
- Dictionaries—mainly English, but also English-Spanish and other languages, as well as Bible, Scrabble and crossword puzzle dictionaries
- Crafts (especially origami, cardmaking and crochet)
- Puzzle books, especially Sudoku, word searches, crosswords and fill-ins
- Recovery and addiction (general and specific substances, practical guidance and memoirs)
- Mental health, especially depression, anxiety and trauma/PTSD
- Legal books appropriate to the typical needs of people in prison—”jailhouse lawyer” manuals, legal research, law dictionaries, etc.
- Starting and running a business
- Bible dictionaries
- Study Bibles
- Language learning—mainly Spanish, but many others too, including American Sign Language—beginners’ and self-study books are especially useful
For more information, visit: https://chicagobwp.org/how-to-help/donations/#books