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Appalachian Prison Book Project

Spring 2021 Newsletter
Today is Independent Bookstore Day! We're celebrating by partnering with WordPlay, an indie bookstore in Wardensville, WV, to get books into the hands of people in prisons across Appalachia.

From now until April 26, the Hull Family Foundation will match purchases from WordPlay that are donated to APBP, up to $500, in an effort to support independent bookstores and promote the power of reading.

Here's how you can help: This Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, purchase a book from our WordPlay wish list and donate the book to APBP. With this matching gift opportunity, your purchase will go even further to support incarcerated people in more than 200 Appalachian prisons and jails.

Shop at WordPlay. Double your gift. It's that easy.

We're grateful for members of our community, both near and far. Thank you for your support!
Upcoming Board Member Elections

We are preparing for APBP board member elections on May 5. We will elect a new president, and there will be openings for co-officers: co-vice president, co-treasurer, co-secretary, and co-member-at-large. We’re hoping to build greater continuity between terms by bringing more people on the board.

Officers serve two-year terms, with the option to continue for a second term. We especially invite people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.

Applicants are required to have at least one year of experience volunteering with APBP.

If you’re interested in being on the board, please contact us for information about each role and how to apply.
Support a Soon-to-Be-Released Friend of APBP

Darrin Lester, currently incarcerated, is a friend of many at APBP. This June, Darrin will be released from prison at last, and he will be joining the West Virginia University community as a graduate student in the social work program!

Anyone who has had the privilege of meeting Darrin knows he is a beacon of hope and an incredible mentor. Darrin’s story highlights the challenges of life after prison—from the accessibility of paperwork to the challenges of establishing residency in the state, finding housing, and building a life after prison. WVU is lucky to have him.

Consider donating to Darrin’s GoFundMe to support his journey into freedom.
Call for Summer Volunteers

Summer is almost here! Are you interested in volunteering with APBP over the coming months? Sign up for our listserv to get information about summer training sessions and volunteer opportunities. 
New on the APBP Blog

We’ve been hard at work writing informative content and sharing stories on the APBP blog.

Check out our recent posts on how dictionaries help people in prison access education, what it’s like to intern at a books to prisons program without any experience in mass incarceration, what mail call means to people on the inside, and why you should donate to prison book projects even though many prisons have libraries.
Coming Soon: Pen Pal Program

In May, APBP will be starting a pen pal program for people incarcerated in our six-state region and Pennsylvania!

If you're interested in being part of the program and writing to a pen pal in prison, please contact us. We'll add you to our list and reach out to you with more details in a few weeks.
Support the Appalachian Prison Book Project

Our biggest costs are for postage and books. Any gift to our PayPal or mailing address supports our mission of challenging mass incarceration through books, education, and community engagement.

You can give one time or monthly. If you donate to APBP in the name of a loved one, we will send a note to them. You can also find popular books or specific titles people have requested on our wish lists.

It takes $50 to mail 15 books. Help us get books into the hands of people in Appalachian prisons.
Give on PayPal
Shop Our WordPlay Wish List
Buy a Book from the Amazon Wish List
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