January Book-Packing Parties

Come enjoy some good conversations and snacks!Peace Sign

January 13 Book-Packing Party

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Guest house behind 2832 E. Edison St., Tucson, AZ 85716

We meet the second Wednesday of every month for an evening of shelving new book donations and filling new book requests. If you’d like to help us wrap books to get them into the hands of people in prison, you can find us in the guest house at 2832 E. Edison St. Our Book-Packing Party starts at 7:00 p.m., and you can join us for the whole time or whatever time you’re available. We’ll wrap up around 8:45 or 9:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

January 31 Book-Packing Party

Sunday, January 31, 2016, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Guest house behind 2832 E. Edison St., Tucson, AZ 85716

We meet the last Sunday of every month for an afternoon of shelving new book donations and filling new book requests. If you’d like to help us wrap books to get them into the hands of people in prison, you can find us in the guest house at 2832 E. Edison St. Our Book-Packing Party starts at 4:00 p.m., and you can join us for the whole time or whatever time you’re available. We’ll wrap up around 5:45 or 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

RSVP on our Facebook page, and stay up to date on ongoing RBtB events.

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: An Excerpt About the Education Inmates Aren’t Getting

MSGPJeff Smith was a state senator representing St. Louis until he was sentenced to prison for obstruction of justice in a campaign malfeasance case. His recently published memoir about his experiences in prison, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis, offers a glimpse into the dismal state of rehabilitative education–and a good example of why getting books into the hands of people in prison is so important:

Many prisoners were anxious to learn how to operate, program, and fix computers, and dozens of prisoners had been requesting computer courses for years. So I was heartened to learn that the warden was requiring a new computer skills class for all prisoners nearing release. One day I was called to the admin building along with other prisoners in their final six months for the start of what I assumed would be a multiweek course of instruction. Two COs herded us into a computer room; one checked us off, and then we waited at the terminals for thirty minutes under his watchful eye. Shortly thereafter, the CO called roll and looked us over. “All right, it’s been about forty-five minutes, so you can leave if you want.” And thus ended our computer skills class. Nutrition class was similar: a CO handed out a brochure with information about the caloric content of food at McDonald’s, Bojangles, and Wendy’s and released us after five minutes.

November Book-Packing Party

Come and enjoy some good conversation and snacks!Really Bad Illustration

November 29 Book-Packing Party

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Guest house behind 2832 E. Edison St., Tucson, AZ 85716

We meet the last Sunday of every month for an afternoon of shelving new book donations and filling new book requests. If you’d like to help us wrap books to get them into the hands of people in prison, you can find us in the guest house at 2832 E. Edison St. Our Book-Packing Party starts at 4:00 p.m., and you can join us for the whole time or whatever time you’re available. We’ll wrap up around 5:45 or 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

RSVP on our Facebook page, and stay up to date on ongoing RBTB events.

October Book-Packing Parties

Come enjoy some good conversations and snacks!RBtB Booth at the 30th Annual Tucson Peace Fair

October 14 Book-Packing Party

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Guest house behind 2832 E. Edison St., Tucson, AZ 85716

We meet the second Wednesday of every month for an evening of shelving new book donations and filling new book requests. If you’d like to help us wrap books to get them into the hands of people in prison, you can find us in the guest house at 2832 E. Edison St. Our Book-Packing Party starts at 7:00 p.m., and you can join us for the whole time or whatever time you’re available. We’ll wrap up around 8:45 or 9:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

October 25 Book-Packing Party

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Guest house behind 2832 E. Edison St., Tucson, AZ 85716

We meet the last Sunday of every month for an afternoon of shelving new book donations and filling new book requests. If you’d like to help us wrap books to get them into the hands of people in prison, you can find us in the guest house at 2832 E. Edison St. Our Book-Packing Party starts at 4:00 p.m., and you can join us for the whole time or whatever time you’re available. We’ll wrap up around 5:45 or 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

RSVP on our Facebook page, and stay up to date on ongoing RBTB events.

September Book-Packing Parties

September 9 Book-Packing Party

Hugo QuoteWednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Guest house behind 2832 E. Edison St., Tucson, AZ 85716

We meet the second Wednesday of every month for an evening of shelving new book donations and filling new book requests. If you’d like to help us wrap books to get them into the hands of people in prison, you can find us in the guest house at 2832 E. Edison St. Our Book-Packing Party starts at 7:00 p.m., and you can join us for the whole time or whatever time you’re available. We’ll wrap up around 8:45 or 9:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!


September 27 Book-Packing Party

TutoringSunday, September 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Guest house behind 2832 E. Edison St., Tucson, AZ 85716

We meet the last Sunday of every month for an afternoon of shelving new book donations and filling new book requests. If you’d like to help us wrap books to get them into the hands of people in prison, you can find us in the guest house at 2832 E. Edison St. Our Book-Packing Party starts at 4:00 p.m., and you can join us for the whole time or whatever time you’re available. We’ll wrap up around 5:45 or 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Donations Needed!

PO Box requests

This is a normal view of our post office box, brimming with book requests from incarcerated people in Arizona’s state and federal prisons.  To be able to complete these requests, we need not only the books in our library and our wonderful volunteers, but monies for shipping.  The average package costs about $4.00 to send, and we work to send over 150 packages a month.  That’s $600 per month!  

Please consider hitting the “Donate” button on the right of the page and submit a donation through PayPal, or send cash or check directly to us at:

Read Between the Bars
c/o Daily Planet Publishing
P.O. Box 1589
Tucson, AZ, 85702-1589

This will allow us to meet all the requests in a timely manner, and continue to promote freedom of literacy!

Giving Back

The Arizona Daily Star did a wonderful article on volunteering in the Tucson community, featuring one of our core members! Why does Nikki volunteer with multiple organizations in Tucson, and include her family in the process?

RBTB nikki and morgan

 

“It is important to help those in need, whether it is to help out stray or abandoned animals, give water to homeless people around town or provide some education and entertainment for incarcerated adults…We have tried to raise our daughters to become strong, caring, empathetic young women who recognize that they have had opportunities and advantages that many people have not.”  Read the entire article here.

 

Packing parties are a great way to relax and do some great work.  Come on your own, with friends, or family!  Packing parties occur on the second Wednesday of each month, and the last Sunday.  Like our Facebook page for event updates and reminders.

501(c)(3)

Read Between the Bars has received the paperwork that officially labels us as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization! Donations will now be tax deductible, and allow us to continue to grow as an organization.  We are excited with this change for the organization and the people we serve.

If you’re able, please consider donating now.  Your newly tax deductible donation will help us pay for the postage required to ship books to incarcerated individuals throughout Arizona.  Donations can be easily made via PayPal, or by sending a check to our PO Box.

 

Community Thanks

quote-Cesar-Chavez-we-cannot-seek-achievement-for-ourselves-and-70866Did you know that Read Between the Bars is completely run by volunteers and donations? That is why we are so appreciative of the local businesses and community groups that allow us to share our mission to help gather donations.  We have had a few places help us out over the last year, and just want to thank them for helping the Arizona community!

A big thank you to…fst

To find out more about any of these organizations, click on literacy_connectsthe links above.