With apologies for the radio silence, we are alive! As 2021 progressed and we slowly rolled back our COVID restrictions, keeping the blog up-to-date fell to the wayside – but rest assured that we are still around, still kicking, and still sending books to people behind bars.

COVID – for those of us who are not yet sick of, or from, it – has thankfully receded in our state since the holiday/Omicron wave, although local cases have begun to rise after the mask mandate was repealed in our city last month. Our last MAJOR update on the situation was in July 2020 – we’ve opened up significantly since then – but masks and vaccinations are still required for all volunteers, and shifts are still being run at a limited capacity. Although we have not yet determined what our “end conditions” are for COVID restrictions, we hope for conditions to improve soon!

Speaking of things changing – Joan, our program coordinator since mid-2019, is leaving their position. (Joan is also the person writing this. Hi!) For those who have asked, they will continue to stay with the project as a keyholder and board member. Check out our staff page for more information about them and our other keyholders of the moment!
At the time of writing, we aren’t yet sure who the next program coordinator is going to be. This puts us back into being an all-volunteer organization, for the first time since 2014 – and we’re determined to stay that way until the right person comes along!

That’s all there is to say in this post, but stay tuned – we do have another volunteer interview lined up for the near future (not to mention our announcement of the new program coordinator, whoever it may wind up being!)

2 thoughts on “We’re still open – and we’re all volunteers again, for now!

  1. Hi there! I’m writing as a request from my son. Being unaware of a program that books are sent to prisoners, he has brought this to my attention. I found this website just from asking google. Basically, I’m the only one that can give some support to my 21 yr old. He is facing a horrible sentence for possible the rest of his young life. My heart is shattered. Honestly I’m concerned I’ll pass away from a broken heart. As I write this message, the tears will no stop. If I pass, he has no one to give him love or any support. It saddens me desperately. I pray for hope, faith, love, peace, mercy, joy and miracles. I am requesting an address to send to my son so he can write you. I’m asking for support as well. I’m desperate to try and make him as comfortable as possible. He’s so smart and beautiful and a baby on the way, found the love of his life, and now it’s over. I can’t stand it so bad. I find it hard to wake up each day and go to work. I appreciate you so much, and yes, I would be interested in assisting. He loves to read and write. He has a beautiful handwriting. Back in October he was shot 8 times and his right hand shattered, he had two surgery’s but no facing a long sentence, he has to make it without any more medical attention. I will be happy to give some of the little time I can to assist, how can I help. Thank you so greatly. Thank you so much. I live in Texas and the system is awful. They are treated so inhuman. No one cares. I pray for inmates across the country all the time. God love them, protect them, bring them hope, love, peace.
    Believing for a changed system. Thank you, Jo

    1. Hi Jo,
      Thanks so much for reaching out and many apologies for our delay in our response. Your son can write to us at:
      Books to Prisoners C/O Left Bank Books 92 Pike St, Box A, Seattle, WA, 98101. We will follow up with you by e-mail as well.

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