For the first time since records have been kept, BTP has received fewer letters than the year before. BTP received 13,566 letters in 2012 compared to 14,914 in 2011. For BTP it is a welcome breather as it has been incredibly difficult to keep up with the constantly growing numbers of requests. One thing that … Continue reading 2012 Letter Total
Books to Prisoners is one of 12 Seattle nonprofits recognized for the Seattle Foundation's "Light a Fire" awards.
The Producer of the new documentary 'Music From the Big House' is donating $2 to BTP for every copy sold. The movie had a national tour during the summer of 2012, but if you didn't get to see it, buy it now and help out BTP in the process. Find out more at the film's … Continue reading Music From the Big House
Just read a fascinating article on a novel approach (pun intended) to prisoner rehabilitation in Brazil involving reading. Check it out: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10816317
For the last nine years, one of the most familiar and welcome faces at Books to Prisoners has been volunteer Kerensa Stoll, who has filled a number of roles with legendary efficiency and cheerfulness. Kerensa began volunteering at Books to Prisoners in 2003 after finding out about it on the King County United Way website. … Continue reading Featured Volunteer: Kerensa Stoll
"The extent of this guy's self-taught scholarship is mind-boggling," said the review's editor, Hershel Shanks, adding that his staff had grown "quite fond" of Fenstermacher. "I wonder how a man could come from such difficulty and achieve such heights of scholarship." Read the entire article »
In this short documentary, see how volunteers answer requests from prisoners, hear excerpts from actual letters, and watch prisoners at Monroe Correctional Complex talk about some of their favorite books.
“You open up these letters and read, ‘I’m in solitary confinement 23 hours a day; I like these kinds of books.' When you get these letters, you can really sense the kind of isolation they feel.”
"Some people believe prison is only about punishment and should be as bad as possible, But if you believe prison is supposed to rehabilitate, then sending books is a way to empower people so they're not just affected by the other prisoners around them, but are getting positive external influences as well."
BTP’s first Community Cafe, at a beautiful site overlooking Lake Washington, was a success, raising nearly $700 for postage and rent. Volunteers made the Community Cafe a reality, September 17, 2011.