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Prison Books Collective Workday

March 2, 2018

Help the Prison Books Collective fill book and zine requests from people in prison! The work is very fulfilling: you’ll read a letter from an inmate, find some books in our collection, write a brief note back, and package them for mailing. The Prison Book Collective gets book requests from NC and AL, and zine requests from all over the country.

The workday will be Sunday, March 25 from 1-4pm. Transportation will be provided.

If you are interested, just email Caitlin Rivas (crivas@unc.edu).

Workday organized by the Special Libraries Association.

Butner Prison Library Tour

March 2, 2018

Ever wondered what it’s really like in a prison library? Join the Special Libraries Association for a fascinating tour of the Butner Prison Library on Friday, April 13 at 2pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a unique perspective on the essential work prison librarians provide.

Banned books in North Carolina prisons include well-known titles such as I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Marvel’s The Avengers, and Webster’s Large Print Dictionary (we’re REALLY scratching our heads over that one). We will learn more about why books are banned, and hear the librarian’s point of view on providing essential services to inmates. Read the full list of banned books here.

If you’re interested in attending the tour, just email Caitlin Rivas (crivas@unc.edu). Transportation will be provided.