Prison Book Program
e-Newsletter
May 2010 
 
 
"Readers are the movers and shakers of the world, and books inspire, teach and lead people to realize what life is all about.  So I thank you and applaud you for your efforts."
 
A prisoner from New Boston, TX
Virtual Dictionary Drive 
ONLY 220 DICTIONARIES TO GO! 

Thanks to many generous donors we have funding for 80% of our goal.  We need just $600 more to be able to buy 1000 dictionaries. 
 
We are planning to buy the American Century Dictionary at the wholesale cost of $2.74 - a savings of over 40% off retail. The American Century Dictionary is a college-level reference most requested by prisoners. 
    
Click a button below to make an online donation through PayPal today!   Help us spread the word too - forward this newsletter to your friends and family - or anyone else you know who supports literacy.   
Prisoner Writings Blog
PRISONER ESSAYS, LETTERS AND MORE

PBP BlogMany of you have mentioned how much you like the prisoner writings we include in this newsletter.  Thanks to volunteer Danielle Brown, you can find many more of these writings on our new blog. 
 
The goal of the blog is to share the writing of our grateful customers. We'll be posting essays and letters about reading, books, the Prison Book Program, learning, and other relevant topics, all written and submitted by inmates.
 
Check it out at prisonbookprogram.blogspot.com
 
PBP Upgrades It's Workspace

Prisoner ReadingIf you've ever volunteered at PBP, you've experienced our set-up and clean-up ritual of hauling supplies and packages between the church dining room and our book room. (For those who haven't been to PBP, we have a relatively small room that is ours, but we prepare packages for mailing in the church dining room down the hall.)
 
volunteers installing cabinetsWe recenly purchased storage cabinets for the dining room - eliminating the need to move things back and forth at the beginning and end of each night - leaving us much more time for picking and packing books!
 
A big thanks to Tim Rogers and his son Liam from the United First Parish Church for helping us build and install the cabinets!
PBP Featured in New Book
GIVE YOUR BOOKS TO PBP AND 329 OTHER WAYS TO BE AN "EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST"
 
PBP thanks author Nicole Bouchard Boles for including us in her extensive list of ways to be an "Everyday Philanthropist." The book outlines 330 concrete, direct ideas for making a difference--all of which have nothing to do with the size of your checkbook and everything to do with using the hidden assets that are already a part of your life. As former president Jimmy Carter says on the front cover, "Everyone can and should try to make a difference."  Every day, we see the difference your books make to prisoners.  Keep them coming! 
Thank You Volunteers!
MANY MANY THANKS TO OUR RECENT VOLUNTEERS!
  • Boston Cares
  • Boston University APO
  • Boston Urban Outreach
  • Building Impact
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Dedham High School
  • Eastern Nazarene College
  • Emerson College
  • Follen Community Church, Lexington
  • Harvard Law School
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Kappa Phi Lambda, Northeastern University
  • National Black Law Students Association
  • North Congregational Church, Middleborough
  • Old Ship Church, Hingham
  • Old South Church, Boston
  • Original Congregational Church of Wrentham
  • Park Street Church
  • Radical Reference
  • Squash Busters
  • Suffolk University
  • Taunton Raynham Junior Women's Club
  • United Church of Christ, Winchester
  • Yale University Alumni
  • Youth Modeling Association
... and numerous dedicated individuals!
Prisoner Writing: Family
 
Long ago a wise man told me,
My family is everyone I see.
All people are made in the same way,
Our hearts beat as we live each day.
The woman in the park feeding the ducks,
A man on the street corner who begs for a few bucks.
The woman is your sister, though you've never spoken,
The man is your brother, his spirit seems broken.
I told the man, "They can't be related to me!
There are no more branches on my Family Tree!"
The man smiled at me gentle and kind,
He said, "Close your eyes and open your mind.
We are all God's Family, in His own image, it's true,
God made me, the woman, the man and you. 
Now that you know this it should be easy to see,
Everyone around you is your "Family." 
 
William Lee Baxter
Westville, IN
In This Issue
Virtual Dictionary Drive
Prisoner Writings Blog
PBP Upgrades It's Workspace
PBP Featured in New Book
Thank You Volunteers!
Prisoner Writing
Support PBP
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The Prison Book Program is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Prisoner Resources 

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June 19th
 
 
Stats
April Stats 
 
Prisoners served:
596
 
 Books sent:
1192
 
Volunteer sessions:
187
 
Year to Date
Stats
 
Prisoners served:
2484
 
Books sent:
4968
 
Volunteer sessions:
822
   

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