DC Books to Prisons is a charity that responds to book requests from inmates in prisons across the U.S. Many prisoners have little access to books and educational material, and this charity provides a service that fills that gap. As librarians, we believe in providing access to resources for all populations, and this charity is a great volunteer opportunity for librarians looking to give back.
Please register for this event to participate in the orientation, learn more about the organization, and meet your like-minded librarian colleagues.
Recommendation from DC/SLA Member Rebecca Aftowicz:
“I volunteer with DC Books to Prisons because I believe in its mission to provide reading material to inmates. This population has very limited - if any - resources available to them, and I’m happy to give the gift of reading to a very deserving community.”
Information upon arrival from their volunteer page:
"The church has multiple entrances. Use the one on 16th Street that can be reached by going up either steps or a ramp. Ring the doorbell to be let in, go through the lobby to your left, then go downstairs. At the bottom of the stairs, turn left, go to the end of the hall, then turn right. We are the last door on the right after the bathrooms (room B2).
Volunteers using wheelchairs or scooters can reach our room by going up the ramp on 16th Street then taking an elevator down to our floor. For more details on disability access, see our page for volunteers with disabilities."
If able, please bring a good condition paperback book to donate to their collection. Read more about their donation policies here.