What do free books mean to a person in the penn
Who can’t buy any himself, like fortunate men?
First, just imagine hearing your name at mail call
And knowing someone remembered you, after all.

Instead of a letter, imagine your surprise
When they hand you a package before watching eyes.
Then the handwriting in the package, near the front,
Says, “I try to get the kind of books you want.“

Now you have books that you don’t have to borrow,
And before they are ready, give them back, with sorrow.
You can take your time to read them, think, laugh, or weep.
And if they’re non fiction books, so much knowledge you’ll reap!

There’s a line of those to read the books after you
And be entertained or enlightened by them to.
Or add a link to Prison Book Program‘s love chain:
Donating them to another, great joy you’ll gain.

Once others have read the same book that you have read,
You can connect the thoughts it left in each head.
Plus tell friends about the books as you do your time,
As you’re moved by them to read, grow or write a rhyme.

Written by Anonymous
Category: Reading, Books, Writing, Education, and The Importance of Words


COVID Schedule:
We are currently closed to most volunteering. We are still filling book requests. Limited volunteer opportunities are available. All volunteers must sign up in advance. We will monitor and follow all government guidelines. Contact volunteer@prisonbookprogram.org for more details or to learn how to sign up.


We rely on your support

 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!

Donations can be mailed to:

Prison Book Program
c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock Street
Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169


Prison Book Program relies on the support of people like you.

Just $3 covers the average cost of mailing a package of carefully selected books from our library of donated books!

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