Open Books Bookstore & Prison Book Projectis creating Prison Book Project
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Book Openers understand the importance of books. They want to open books for everyone so they may gain knowledge and understanding. At this tier, the Opener will receive a thank you message and a shoutout on our social media platforms.
Book Lovers love books and love giving books to others. They recognize that reading is fundamental. At this tier level, Book Lovers will receive a monthly discount code for 10% off a purchase of $10 or more.
Book Worms don't only love books, they love immersing themselves into books. Book Worms will read books and pass them along to others so they can immerse themselves into the same experience of the Book Worm. At this tier level, Book Worms will receive a monthly discount code for 10% off a purchase of $10 or more and Early Access to $1 Book Sales including access to $5 Fill a Bag anytime during the $1 Book Sale.
About Open Books Bookstore & Prison Book Project
The Prison Book Project currently sends around 10,000 books each year to indigent inmates in Florida prisons, one of the largest prison systems in the country and one sorely lacking in-house book collections. The Prison Book Project currently serves approximately 2,000 inmates each year.
We provide free books to improve the lives of prisoners, to provide educational resources, and to help reduce the likelihood of their returning to the prison system. Our communities fare better when prisoners returning to society have had an opportunity to learn, grow, and mature as individuals. Books provide the inspiration and knowledge for that growth.
Each month we process around 600 inmate book requests at a cost of around $1000 for mailing. Including the book store operating costs (rent, utilities, maintenance), we operate on a modest budget.
Prisoners simply have to send us a letter with their requests and we send them books. While the Open Books book store has a wide selection of new and used books, the selection that has been donated to the Prison Book Project is limited. We do our best to find something that fits the interests of the prisoner.
The volunteers who keep the store and project running appreciate the support and generosity shown by many, in the form of books and monetary donations, time, and help. We’re a grass-roots project that really works!