Urgent: Books Beyond Bars Needs Your Help!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to move our library from its current space to a new space by Friday, February 8th. This is all very short notice and there will be a huge amount of work involved in this move. In the next 10 days, we need to pack up our entire library and move it to a new space, or an interim temporary storage location. Our library has been in its current space for over a decade and is made up of thousands of books, from popular fiction and non-fiction to local authors and self-published works.


  • We need a new space to house our library. Preferably in peninsular Halifax or central Dartmouth. Ideally this space would be free or low cost to use and available for us to access any time.
  • Sourcing sturdy moving boxes
  • Help with packing and clearly labelling boxes of books at our current location on Gottingen street.
  • Loading, moving, and unloading boxes to our new home or interim storage space

Please be in touch with us via email booksbeyondbars@gmail.com or send a message to us through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BBBHFX/ with offers or help or any suggestions regarding a new space to house our library.  THANK YOU!


Requests from November 29 program

There are a lot of women inside right now and everyone is so grateful for your book donations. As always, you can drop your donations off at Venus Envy, Alteregos or the Loaded Ladle. A big thank you to those people, places of worship and organizations who have been mailing us books as well! We so appreciate your support. Also many thanks to Halifax Public Libraries who have been giving us monthly donations of thoughtfully selected books.

Here is our latest list of requests from our bi-weekly library program:

De’Nesha Diamond: Boss Divas, any others by her
Kiki Swanson books
Alyson Noel-Shadowland
P.C. Cast – Sun Warrior
Lucy Hounsom: Firestorm and Heartland
Alice in Wonderland-manga or graphic novel version
Rachel Caine: The Morganville Vampires series (other than the first book)
Lauren Kate-Fallen series
Kelly Armstrong-Darkness Rising trilogy
Taran Matharu-Summoner series
Ellen Schreiber-Vampire series
Gena Showalter-Unravelled
Amanda Hocking- Torn and Ascend
Janet Evanovich-books that aren’t the Stephanie Plum series
John Grisham books
Kelly Armstrong-Forest of Ruin (3rd in the Age of Legends series)
Kelly Armstrong-Darkest Powers series-the Summoning, the Awakening
J.R. Ward-Fallen Angels series
Phillip Pullman-The Subtle Knife
new Danielle Steel -Fall from Grace, Accidental Heroes, The Cast
Kathy Reichs-Temperance Brennan books
Any manga by Tokyopop publisher
comics-Archie, Marvel
books about shapeshifting

Thanks for making our book sale a success!

Thank you to everyone who donated books to our October book sale and bought books during the event. Our grand total was $2384.05, which is enough to cover our core library and Read Aloud program for a year. We are grateful for the support of our community, which allows us to run impactful programming on such a small budget.

Request list from November programs

Hi friends and supporters of BBB–thank you again for your continued support of our programming. It really is appreciated by the women on the inside. Here’s our most recent list of requests which can be dropped off at Venus Envy, AlterEgos, or the Loaded Ladle office in the basement of the Dal SUB.

De’nesha Diamond: “Boss Diva” “Street Divas” “Gangsta Divas” “King Divas”
Kiki Swinson: any titles
Kelly Armstrong: Darkness Rising Series: “The Gathering,” “The Calling,” “The Rising”
Janet Evanovich: # 25 – 28+
Sister Soulja: “A Deeper Love Inside”
George RR Martin: “Game of Thrones” – need just the first book in the series
Stephen King: “Salem’s Lot”
VC Andrews: Flowers in the Attic series – need just first book in the series “Flowers in the Attic” and later books “Heaven” and “Dark Angel”
VC Andrews: The Orphans Series – need “Crystal”, “Brooke” & “Raven”
Nic Sheff: “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction”
NEW Danielle Steel (end of 2017 & 2018 books): “The Right Time” “Fairytale” “Fall from Grace” “Accidental Heroes” “The Cast” “The Good Fight” “In His Father’s Footsteps”
Anne Rice: “The Tale of the Body Thief”
JT Leroy: “Sarah”

National Geographic magazines or illustrated books/travel books about Rome and Columbia
Native colouring pages with -Eagles, -Horses, -Cats, -Dogs
Book on how to speak Spanish
Books about addiction (true first-hand stories and recovery books)
Books about nuclear weapons, Chernobyl, nuclear disaster
Books about The Korean War, Vietnam, & North Korea

Previous requests still needed:
Ellen Schreiber: “The Coffin Club”
Estudio Joso and ‎Fernando Casaus – “The Monster Book of Manga”
Christopher Pike: “Thirst #3”
Gena Showalter: “Unraveled”
Sophie Jordan: “Uninvited”
Saundra: “Her Sweetest Revenge”
Meesha Mink: Real Wifeys Series
Shonda Cheekes: any titles

Book sale fundraiser October 24-25th

We are having a book sale to raise funds to support Books Beyond Bars programming!

With the help of our supporters (thank you!) we have received enough donations from this summer’s book drive to be able to have a 2-day book sale in the community booth at Scotia Square mall, Wednesday, Oct 24th and Thurs Oct 25th, 9-5:00 pm.

We will have a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction, arranged into sections for easy shopping.

All funds raised from the book sale will be used for programming costs. Thank you for your support!

Requests from October 5

Hey BBB Supporters! Here is the most recent request list for our library. We go in again on October 19th.

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

Here is our more recent list of requests: 
– Kelley Armstrong: “The Gathering;” “The Calling;” and “The Rising”
– Science Books (biology)
– Books to support writing a GED exam
– Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gatekeeper Trilogy, 1 & 2
– De’nesha Diamond: Street Divas Series and “Sweet Revenge”
– History books on WW2, Nuclear War, and Nuclear Disasters (Chernobyl, Hiroshima…)
– Books on gladiators
– Books on pirates
– Fantasy books by Mercedes Lackey
– James Paterson: “#1 Suspect,” “Down Under,” “Private India,” and “Private Games”
– Books by Ayn Rule
– Books by Iris Johanson
– Historical Fiction and Historical Non-Fiction centering female characters (Europe 1500-1800s)
– Books with characters who have Bipolar disorder
Stephen King: Carrie, Shining
– P.C. Cast: House of Night Series – “Awakened” #8
– Books on how to draw manga

Requests from September 21

Hello BBB Supporters! Here is the most recent request list for our library. We go in again on October 5th.

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 and always needed.

Ian C. Ellsmont – Night of Knives (book 1 of Malazan Empire series)
Philip Pullman – Amber Spyglass
CS Lewis – Chronicles of Narnia books 1 & 2
Janet Evonovich – 19, 21, 23, 24
Juliet Madison – Secret Letters Project
Kelley Armstrong – The Gathering; The Calling; The Rising
James Patterson – Private series (Number 1 suspect; Down Under; Private India; Private games; City on Fire), London Bridges; Mary Mary; Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls
Anne Rice – Vampire series: Tale of the Body Theif; Memnoch the Devil; Vampire Armand; Merrick
Stephen King – Carrie
De’nesha Diamond – Sweetest Revenge; (and other recent ones)
Danielle Steel (any)
Jackie Collins (any)

True stories about dogs
Books on Norse Gods, Egyptian Gods
English for Dummies
Guides to studying for GED exams’
Biographies of historical figures
Books about the history of paganism (not wicca practice books)
Books about Chernobyl
Books about nuclear war; history; WW2; Nazi Germany
Books on medieval history

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.


The members of Books Beyond Bars

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

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!