Word Books in Brooklyn Makes Prison Book Donation Easier

Requested Books, Books Through Bars
photo courtesy Books Through Bars

If you're looking to donate books to prisoners, Word Books, an indie seller in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has made the job much easier. They've partnered with Books Through Bars, an organization that matches requests from prisoners to the donated books on their shelves.

It used to be, Books Through Bars could only accept books through their physical location, but now citizens can purchase a requested book from the Word Books website, and the text will go straight to the prisoners. Just specify "pick up in store," write BOOKS THROUGH BARS in the comments box, and you're done. This means that, instead of hoping the appropriate book—or at least its closest match—was donated by someone in the community, prisoners will be able to have the exact book they requested.

According to GalleyCat, Word Book's new initiative was inspired by Piper Kerman's memoir Orange is the New Black, which is of course now a Netflix original series. GalleyCat also printed a list of book donation organizations in other cities, so be sure to check that out here.

Have you ever donated a book to a prison before? Was it an easy task? Not so easy? Let us know in the comments section.

Image of Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Author: Piper Kerman
Price: $7.68
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (2011)
Binding: Paperback, 327 pages
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