Call on Minister Furey to address prisoner demands

peopleBooks Beyond Bars would like to voice our solidarity with the prisoners who are currently on strike at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside. We have sent the following letter to Justice Minister Furey, and encourage you to write to him as well.

Dear Mr. Furey,

We, the members of Books Beyond Bars in Halifax, Nova Scotia, are writing to express our solidarity with prisoners at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside who are peacefully protesting their unjust treatment.

We work with incarcerated people directly through our programming. We want to echo their demands for better health care, rehabilitation programs, exercise equipment, contact visits, personal clothing and shoes, nutritious food, improved air circulation, healthy items at the canteen, no limits to visits and access to the library. These services and resources are essential and urgent to the well-being of people in the carceral system.

In particular, through our work distributing books and journals in the women’s section of the Burnside prison, our members see first-hand how vital access to literature is to incarcerated people.

We also run a Read-Aloud program, which helps incarcerated mothers connect with their children through recorded stories. As important as this service is to our participants, we know that it is no substitute for contact visits. Denying contact visits is harmful not only to parents, but to their children, which has a ripple effect that harms entire communities.

We call on you to do everything in your power to address these conditions.

Sincerely,

The members of Books Beyond Bars

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Requests from August 24 program

Here is our request list from the August 24th library program. We go inside again on September 7th. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Donations can be dropped off at Venus Envy (Barrington St), Alter Egos (Gottingen St), and the Loaded Ladle (basement of the Dal SUB).

As always, donations of non-coil-bound journals and notebooks are appreciated.

James Patterson – London bridges, Mary Mary, # series, newer Alex Cross books, Michael Bennett books,
Kiki Swinson – Sweet Revenge
Brian Vallee – Life with Brian
Kelly Armstrong – The Gathering, The Calling, The Rising
Stephen King – Firestarter
Dave Pelzer – A Child Called It
Bodies in the Backyard: Canada’s Frenzy Slayer Noel Michael Winters
Sistah Soulja – Midnight and the Meaning of Love
Ned Vizzini- It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Books by Jackie Collins
Newer Danielle Steele
Books about Gary Ridgeway (true crime)
Books about columbine / mass shootings
Newer books about / analyzing dreams
Classic/high school books – Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc)
dayplanners/pocket calendar
Sketchbooks

Book Drive No. 2

bookdrive2We are having a second Book Drive at Tart & Soul Cafe for the next few weeks. The books will be used for a book sale that will raise money for our programs (providing materials like sketchbooks, journals, origami, buying books that are on request lists, supporting the Read Aloud Program, etc.).

We are accepting (mostly) all books AND Journals/Sketchbooks, except:

1. Damaged/Stained
2. Moldy
3. Encyclopedias
4. Magazines

You can drop off books at Tart & Soul Cafe, 6389 Coburg Street, Halifax, NS. They are open Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Thanks in advance for your support!

Books Beyond Bars Book Drive No. 1

BBB is having a book sale to raise money for our programs (providing materials like sketchbooks, journals, origami, buying books that are on request lists, supporting the Read Aloud Program, etc.) and we are having our first Book Drive at our Prisoners’ Justice Day event!

We are accepting (mostly) all books AND Journals/Sketchbooks, except:

1. Damaged/Stained
2. Moldy
3. Encyclopedias
4. Magazines

Glitter Bean will be accepting donations all day on August 10th. Please mark the donations as Books Beyond Bars.

Thanks in advance for your support!

 

Prisoners’ Justice Day 2018: Solidarity Through Art and Poetry

Join us for an evening of art, poetry and critical discussions of the carceral system – from critiques to personal testimonies. Featuring work by El Jones, Ashley Avery, Guyleigh Johnson, Matthew Bonn, Taylor Gault, and Tony Zahrebelny.

Friday, August 10, 6-8 PM
Glitter Bean Café
5896 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bring book donations for our book drive! Check out our Facebook page for the latest details.

Requests from July 27 program

Hello BBB supporters! Here is our most recent request list. We will be going in for our next library program on August 10th (which is also Prisoner’s Justice Day. Check out the PJD event we are hosting that evening!)

Donations can be dropped off at Venus Envy (Barrington St), Alteregos (Gottingen St), and the Loaded Ladle (basement of Dalhousie Student Union Building). Donations can also be mailed directly to us.

Non-coil-bound notebooks and journals are ALWAYS appreciated. They are the most popular and requested item in our library program and we always need more. Thank you for your support!!

Any books by:
Joy Fielding
Kiki Swinson
T. Stiles
Danielle Steel – Large print only
Jackie Collins

Bodies in the Backyard: The Noel Winters
James Patterson: Seduction, Unlucky, Haunted, number series except 4, 8, 12, 15
True Crime on Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy
De’Nesha Diamond : Gangster Divas, Fistful of Benjamins, King Divas
Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time Series- Book 2- The Great Hunt
Mesha Mink – #1 of the Urban Tales Series, #4 of the Urban Tales Series
Ellen Hopkins: Tricks
Desiree Day: Cruising, Crazy Love
Lee Goldburg and Janet Evanovich: The Chase
Stephen King: Dark Tower Book 7 and IT

Any Medium Level Learn French Books
Any Medium Level Learn Math Books
Sailor Moon Anime
Garfield Books- Insults and Gags

Disney Colouring Pages
Tigger Colouring Pages, or Lion King, or Unicorns, or Wolves or Angels Colouring Pages
4 Sketchbooks (blank paper books) – non coil-bound

Requests from June 29 program

Hello BBB Supporters! Here is the request list from today’s program. We go in again July 13th.

Donations can be dropped off at Venus Envy (Barrington St), Alteregos (Gottingen St), and the Loaded Ladle (basement of Dalhousie Student Union Building). Donations can also be mailed directly to us.

As always, non-coil bound journals and notebooks are so appreciated and always in demand.

Thank you for your ongoing support!!

Kiki Swinson

D’nesha Diamon

Nichelle Walker

James Patterson – books 2016 and newer, Maximum Ride series #4 and beyond (Extreme Sports, The Final Warning, etc)

Danielle Steele- The Cast, The Good Fight

Jane Hinchley – The Awakening Series

Archie Comics!

John Windham – The Chrysalids

Fantasy books / series

Books with pictures of old movie stars

Books about the holocaust (fiction or non-fiction)

dayplanners / agendas (non-coil bound)

good, comprehensive dictionary

Visual tai chi

True crime

Requests from June 15 program

Here is the request list from our most recent program on June 15th. Books can be dropped off at Venus Envy (Barrington St), Alteregos (Gottingen St), and the Loaded Ladle (basement of Dalhousie Student Union Building). Donations can also be mailed directly to us.

Thank you as always for your support!

Specific Titles:

Graeme Simsion: “The Rosie Project”

Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg: “Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules”

Brian Vallée: “Life After Billie”

Book about John Gotti (gangster): “Mob Star,” “Gotti’s Rules”, “Gotti: Rise & Fall” etc

Meesha Mink: “Desperate Hoodwives” and “The Hood Life”

De’Nesha Diamond: “Boss Diva”

Ellen Hopkins: “Tricks,” “Cut,” “Crank,” “Tilt”

Charlaine Harris: True Blood Series (#4 and later)

Kelly Armstrong: “Living with the Dead,” “Waking the Witch,” “Exit Strategy,” “Made to be Broken”

Julie Kagawa; “Iron King,” “Iron Daughter”

Rachel Vincent: “Soul Screamer” series

Becca Fitzpatrick: “Hush, Hush” series

General Topics:

N.A. Daily Readings in Large Print

Kids books with popular cartoon characters

Buddhist guides: on meditation and spiritual practices

Graphic Novels of classic comic books (like batman, supergirl, superman, wonder woman, etc)

Self-help books about mindfulness, positive thinking, & addiction

Book about how to keep a journal

Basic cookbook

Authors:

Joy Fielding

James Patterson

Urban Fiction novels, any titles by:

Kiki Swinson

Meesha Mink

De’Nesha Diamond

Sister Soulja

Materials:

Folders (no metal pieces)

Day planners

Sketchbooks (no metal coil bindings)

Journals (no metal coil bindings)

Origami paper

Sudoku puzzles

Colouring pages big enough to colour with crayons

Wordsearches

Requests from June 1 program

Here is the request list from our most recent program. Books can be dropped off at Venus Envy (Barrington St), Alteregos (Gottingen St), and the Loaded Ladle (basement of Dalhousie Student Union Building). Donations can also be mailed directly to us.

As always, both lined and unlined non-coil bound journals are so appreciated, as they are the most requested item. Thank you for your support!

Mary Higgins Clark

James Patterson

Meesha Mink

Ellen Hopkins: Crank, Glass, Fallout and Tilt

Tami Hoag: all titles except Thin Dark Line, Dark house and Cold Cold Heart

Julie Kagawa; Iron King, Iron Daughter

Rachel Vincent: Soul Screamer series

Becca Fitzpatrick: Hush, Hush series

books with Disney characters for drawing

books about drawing

large print books: James Patterson, similar mystery/thriller type books

Requests from April 20th program

Here is the request list from our most recent program. Books can be dropped off at Venus Envy (Barrington St), Alter Egos (Gottingen St), and the Loaded Ladle (Dalhousie Students Union Building). Donations can also be mailed directly to us.

As always, non-coil bound notebooks and journals are our most requested item. We are always grateful to receive those.

Thank you for your continued support!

Joy Fielding
Sidney Sheldon
Allan Hopkins
Meesha Mink
De’nesha Diamond
Kiki Swinson
Kayla Perrin
John Grisham (newer)
James Patterson (newer)
Large print books

Kelley Armstrong – Broken, Living with the Dead, Men is the Otherworld, Exit Strategy, Made to be Broken, The Gathering Series
Recent books on thyroid disorders
Recent books on mental health conditions
Biography of Einstein
True crime about serial killers
Neil Gaiman – InterWorld Series

2018 Day planners
Origami paper
Origami instructions
Colouring pages/books: animals, sugar skulls, peace signs, roses, hearts, flowers
Folders (no metal pieces)
Magazines for collaging