The mission of
Books to Prisoners:

  • to provide books to inmates in Illinois by recycling donated books
  • to facilitate a quality volunteer experience
  • to offer a venue for inmates to tell their own stories
  • to educate ourselves and our community about prisons

Getting Involved  
January 17 2011  

In honor of 2011 MLK Day of Service

Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners
will hold an open public volunteer session on
Monday, January 17 from 1-3 PM

Join us in honoring the legacy
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Your RSVP is appreciated but not required
(drop in welcome). This is a great opportunitity
to volunteer with your family and loved ones.

our workshop is located at
202 S. Broadway in Urbana

below are some images from this previous years
MLK day of service volunteer sessions


Show up at 1pm for a brief orientation and stay for as long as you'd like. You can expect to read letters from inmates, then select books from our collection of donated materials to meet their requests, then package the books for shipping. We will also be accepting financial donations which are used to pay for our postage costs and to purchase dictionaries, which is our most frequently requested book.

Urbana Champaign Books to Prisoners workshop is located in the basement of the Independent Media Center at 202 S. Broadway in Urbana. Questions? Contact us electronically or call 708-782-4608. Feel free to re-distribute this open invitation to others in our community.

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