Hello! My name is Kelly, and I am writing to explain both why books assist me and other prisoners, and how books improve our quality of life. All the books we receive not only assist us in personal growth, but also give us valuable materials that allow us to use our time more constructively and positively. Personally, books have given me valuable skills. My ability to write, read and communicate ideas has improved. I no longer struggle to express myself.
Further, books are an excellent educational tool. Many of us are not high school graduates, have low readings skills, and struggle comprehending our GED materials, so reading [donated books] is one way to improve in the area of reading and comprehension in our classes.
I have received carpentry books, a dictionary, and a thesaurus. These books are great! I’m learning a new job skill I can use once I get out [of prison]. Plus, I have increased by vocabulary.
These books are a really big help. I know that they really help me. They are not just sitting in my locker, either. When I finish with them, I share them. So please, if you can, continue to send books to me and other inmates.
Financial donations are the single factor that limits the number of people we can serve. Just $3 is the average cost of mailing a package of carefully selected books from our library!
Prison Book Program
c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169