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.

 

A Books Worth

At our twice a month Book-Packing Parties, we open a lot of letters from incarcerated individuals requesting books. We always receive intense gratitude and kind words from people who have acquired books from our program.  Sometimes, these letters are so eloquent and gracious that we just have to share.  From a recent letter, an incarcerated individual wrote:


To Whom it May Concern,RBTB website letter

Hello, I hope you are all doing well.  It is a great thing you guys do for us and I’d like to
thank you for that. It’s really hard to understand a books worth until you’ve been in a small cell for months at a time with nothing but your mind to keep you company. Then, out of nowhere, you receive a book or two and your able to travel and meet different characters
who become friends, and yes, even enemies…

Anyways, I’d like to request a couple of books please. Thank you for your time.  

[Name and personal information redacted]


 

Packages to send Our Book-Packing Parties are on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and the last Sunday of the month from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
To find out more, you can join our email list by emailing us your information at readbetweenthebars@gmail.com, or like our Facebook page and join the packing events.

March 31st: Tuesdays for Tucson to Benefit Read Between the Bars!

Join Read Between the Bars on Tuesday, March 31st from 5pm to 10pm at La Cocina Restaula-cocina-tucsonrant and Bar for their weekly benefit!  Come and enjoy any food or drink that evening, and 10% of the sales will go to support Read Between the Bars’ mission of sending books to people incarcerated in Arizona.

While there, you’ll get to enjoy live music by Mik and Scott and Billy Sedlmayr. Mik and Scott, who are regular performers at La Cocina, use looping bass, sax, drums, and other instruments to create a unique, experimental funk sound. Billy Sedlmayr h

14370_10153522921613222_147247902024654458_nas been a contributor to Tucson’s music scene since his teenage years, when he was involved in local punk bands like The Pedestrians. Over the years, while sharing the stage and studio with the likes of Howe Gelb and Dave Seeger, his sound took a turn toward Americana.

Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing on the Facebook event.  Feel free to bring your gently used paperback books to donate at that time. Hope to see you there!

For questions, please email us at readbetweenthebars@gmail.com.

 

What’s New at Read Between the Bars? Find out on February 13!

Greek BookWith the incoming book requests we are constantly receiving–and everything that has to happen upstream and downstream from filling those requests, like collecting book donations, raising funds for postage, and making trips to the post office–it’s not often that we can take a breath and regroup. This month, though, we’re enjoying one of those rare moments, and we would be remiss if we didn’t tell our volunteers that in lieu of our next Book-Packing Party, we’ll be having a planning meeting.

Our Book-Packing Parties are currently scheduled for the second Wednesday and last Sunday of every month (the former in the evening, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and the latter in the afternoon, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.). However, this month we’ll be devoting the second Wednesday of the month to a planning meeting. If you’d like to join us to help us with the brainstorming and planning, we’ll be meeting at Fronimo’s Greek Café (3242 E. Speedway Blvd.) at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13.

We have a lot planned for the early months of 2013, including a table at the Peace Fair on February 23, another documentary screening, and a new book donation location. If you’ve ever wondered if you’d like to become more involved with Read Between the Bars, this is a great opportunity to interact with us during a meeting and take on any project or any part of a project that interests you–or just help by sharing your ideas and giving feedback to others’ ideas.

Finally, if Book-Packing Parties are what interest you, we’ll return to our normal schedule on February 24, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Please e-mail us at readbetweenthebars@gmail.com if you have any questions about volunteering.

Democracy & Dissent Book Club to Discuss The New Jim Crow

One of the most talked about books on the prison-industrial complex recently has been Michelle Alexander‘s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  If you’ve read it, are reading it now, or plan to read it, you can join a discussion about it at the Democracy & Dissent Book Club at Antigone Books next month.  They’ll be discussing it at 2:00 p.m. on April 1 at Antigone Books, 411 N. 4th Ave. in Tucson.