Job Posting! Books Beyond Bars Summer Student

Position:

Writing/Art Coordinator and Event Planner with Books Beyond Bars

About Books Beyond Bars (BBB):

Books Beyond Bars is a local initiative that that goes into the women’s prison in Burnside to improve access to books, writing, and literature for incarcerated women. BBB believes that the prison system is fundamentally flawed and operates from a prison abolitionist perspective.

Job description:
  •  Facilitate creative writer’s circle workshops at the women’s prison in Burnside*
  • Design and lay out a zine/booklet (later to be published into a book) with writing, art, and poetry by women in prison in Nova Scotia
  • Organize a Prisoner’s Justice Day event on August 10, 2017 about prison abolition and prison justice (in collaboration with the BBB group and other allied organizations)
  • If time allows:
    • Assist with the library program at the prison*
    • Assist with organization of the library (located at Dalhousie Legal Aid Services)

BBB is run entirely by volunteers. The BBB group will support the position as much as possible, but the job requires someone who is comfortable working independently. BBB does not have not have dedicated office space; this position requires someone who can do some work from home or another workspace (e.g. public library).

Requirements
  • Must be a student between the ages of 15-30
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to facilitate creative programming for groups
  • Experience organizing events
  • Passion for prison justice work
  • Creative writing skills an asset but not required
  • Graphic design skills an asset, but not required

*You must get clearance from the prison in order to participate in programs at the prison. To be eligible to get clearance you must complete a criminal record check. You may not be eligible for clearance if you have previously been incarcerated. If you cannot get clearance from the prison, you are still eligible for this job and can complete other tasks instead of running programming in the prison.

Position details:
  • Start date: June 12, 2017 (negotiable)
  • Duration: Position to be completed by Aug 31, 2017
  • Wages/hours: BBB is committed to paying a living wage. Hours are flexible. Total wage available for this position is $3000 (before taxes). Please contact us for more specific information.
  • Location: BBB is based in Halifax. Prison programming takes place in Burnside, Dartmouth. Transportation to the prison is available.
Employment equity statement

BBB prioritizes applications from marginalized people who face systemic barriers to employment. We welcome applications from formerly incarcerated people. Applicants are welcome to self-identify in their cover letter, or via follow up email, if preferred, by including the statement “I belong to a group that faces systemic barriers to employment.”

Application instructions

Please apply with a letter of interest and resume (or list of relevant experience and skills) by email to booksbeyondbars@gmail.com by Wednesday May 24th at 5pm.

Requested books from Mar 17th, 2017

Hi folks, Here is the list of requests from last Friday’s library program. Books can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St.) or The Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24, basement of the SUB).
Thank you so much!

Lord of the Rings – Return of the King
Harry Potter – Books 4, 5, 6
Janet Evanovich – Book 13 onwards
Tarot Book (divinatory tarot)
Stephen King – Under the Dome Part 2
A Million Little Pieces
“Born on a Rotten Day” (book about astrology)
Other astrology books
Princess Diana books
Joyce Miller books
Sociology books
True crime + autobiographies
Books about: crows, astral projection, dolphins, oxygen workouts, hypnosis, dreams
Orwell – 1984
Thirst – Volume III
Get Money, Hustle Hard
George Russel Jr – Serial Killer
David Carpenter – The Trailside Killer
The Unibomber, Theodore Kaczynski
Books about Charles Manson, JonBenet Ramsay, Lizzie Borden, the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, the Freeway Phantom, Hillside Strangler, BTK Strangler, Helter Skelter, astrology
A dictionary
John Douglas – Mind Hunter and Journey into the Darkness
Michael Newton – Daddy was the Black Dahlia Killer
workout books
Nick Frost
Ray Bondi and Walt Hecox – California’s Most Gruesome Serial Killer
Lee Fisher – Jack Reacher series
The first and third book of The Clan Series

Requests list from March 3rd, 2017 library program

Thanks as always for your support of our programs! Here’s the list from today’s library program to share with any book-lovers who may have some of these titles sitting on their shelves. Also a reminder that we do take donations of new children’s books for our read-aloud program.
All donations can be dropped off to Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St.) or The Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24, basement of the SUB).

Books by:
Meesha Mink
Sistah Souljah
D’neesha Diamond
Kiki Swinson
Joyce Meyer
Anne Rule (newer titles)
Lee Child
Stuart Woods
Jeffery Deaver
Nicolas Sparks

Ursula K LeGuin: “The Tomb of Atuan” and “The Farthest Shore” (2nd and 3rd in the Earthsea series)
Zlata’s Diary-Zlata Filipovic
Cathy Glass: “Daddy’s Little Princess” or “Cut”
David Sedaris: “Barrel Fever and other stories”
Beth Wiseman: “Plain Perfect”
Stuart Woods: “Lucid Intervals” “Capital Crimes” “Dead in Water” “Deep Lies” etc or any other new titles
Journey into the Darkness – John Douglas
Daddy was the Black Dahlia Killer – Micheal Newton
Serial Killer George Russell Jr.
The Trailside Killer David Carpenter
Green River Killer
The Unibomber Theodore Kaczynski
Charles Manson
The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run
Mind Hunter – John Douglas
Books about: The Freeway Phantom,Hillside Strangler , BTK Strangler , Helter Skelter
Astrology books
Workout books (exercise moves/strategies)
Black women authors of urban fiction
Nick Frost
All his father’s sins: the shocking truth about California’s most gruesome serial killer – Ray Biondi and Walt Hecox
Diary of Anne Frank
Rapture and Death -JD Robb
Earthsea Series #2 &3
The walking dead books
Any books that have been made into movies

Latest request list-Feb 3rd, 2017

Here is the list of requests from our last program. Any donations are sooo appreciated. We will be going in again on Fri Feb 24th.
Books can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St.) or The Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24, basement of the SUB).

Cheech and Chong – or any funny books similar to this
Jodi Picoult: (“Picture Perfect”, “Perfect Match”, “Second Glance”, “Plain Truth”)
Newer Lee Child books
Newer Stuart Woods books (“Capital Crimes” “Dead in Water” “Deep Lies” etc)
“Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown” by Shaun Bishop Stall
Books about Astrology
The Walking Dead – first book in the Rise of the Governor series
“The Tomb of Atuan” and “The Farthest Shore” by Ursula LeGuin (2nd and 3rd in the Earthsea series)
books by Meesha Mink, Sistah Souljah, D’neesha Diamond, Kiki Swinson
Any books by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, such as “Marked” “Betrayed” “Chosen” etc.
Helter Skelter
books about Ted Bundy or Charles Manson
Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay

James Patterson books:
Alex Cross series
Middle School: The worst years of my life
Maximum Ride: The Manga vol.1, 2, 3 & 4
Daniel X: The Manga vol. 1 & vol. 2
Witch and Wizard: The Fire
Witch and Wizard: The Manga vol.1

Jan 20th, 2017–requests from our biweekly library program

Hello friends and supporters, here is the request list from our latest library program. Thank you as always for your support of our programming. Books can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St.) or The Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24). We also are always grateful for donations of any non coil-bound journals. Many thanks! 

All by James Patterson:
Witch and Wizard: The Fire
Witch and Wizard: The Manga vol.1
Maximum Ride: The Manga vol.1
Daniel X: The Manga vol. 1
Daniel X: Game over

The Tomb of Atuan and The Farthest Shore: Ursula LeGuin (2nd and 3rd in the Earthsea series)
Murder on the Menu-Zanna MacKenzie
Princess Diana’s Fashion Book
also any other Princess Di books
Books about how to defend yourself in court when you’ve acted in self-defense
Books about the criminal justice system
Down to This-Shaun Bishop Stall
Thirst #3-Christopher Pike
books by Meesha Mink, Sistah Souljah, D’neesha Diamond, Kiki Swinson
Dexter books
Murder by the glass-Peter Haining
True Crime stories-Max Haines
Sweeney Todd: The Real Story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street-Peter Haining
true crime, books about serial killers and cannibals
John George Haigh, the Acid Bath murderer: a portrait of a serial killer & his victims – Jonathan Oates
NA, AA, AlAnon books– “Just for Today” series
Sleeping with the Enemy-Nancy Price
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape -Peter Hedges
Fatal Attraction-H.B. Gilmour
SWF – John Lutz
Books of positive quotes
Inspirational books—ie, a positive thought for each day

Jan 6th 2016 Library program-requests list

We have a big list of requests from our last program at the Burnside jail. If you have any of these to donate it would be greatly appreciated! Books can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St.) or The Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24). We will be going into the prison again on Friday Jan 20th.

Janet Evanovich – all of the numbered series (and specific requests for #5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 19, 21-24)
Jodi Picoult books – all titles (and specific requests for: Second Glance, Keeping Faith, Picture Perfect, Harvesting the Heart)
Steven King – “Misery”
Steven King – “The Dark Tower VII”
Stewart Wieck – “Vampire: The Masquerade, Clan Novel” series
Books about Vampires and Witches
Jean Auel – “The Land of the Painted Caves” (6th book in the Clan of the Cave Bear series)
Ronald Miscavige – “Ruthless: Scientology, My son David Miscavige and me”
Leah Rimini – “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology”
Robert Jordan- “Eye of the World”
James Patterson – recent books, especially the “Alex Cross” series and “Against Medical Advice”
JD Robb – “In Death” series
Ian Rankin – “The Falls”
Ann Rule – all titles
Stewart Woods – all titles
Kiki Swinson – all titles
Meesha Mink – all titles
Jeffery Deaver – all tites
Lee Child – all titles
Alex Stone – “Knife Fight”
Dan Brown – all titles (but NOT Da Vinci Code or Angels & Demons)
Books about the Illuminati
Brian Vallée – “Life After Billy”
True Crime books

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Requests from Dec 16th, 2016 library program

Hello Folks! Here are the requests from our regular library program. If you have any of these authors/titles to donate they can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St.) or The Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24). Much Appreciated!

Janet Evanovich: #19, #22, #23+ any higher ones if there are
New Ann Rule books
Kiki Swinson books (any of them)
New Jodi Picoult books: Second Glance, Keeping Faith, Mercy, Picture Perfect, Harvesting the
Heart
Jeffery Deaver books
Lee Child books
Knife Fight by Alex Stone
Dan Brown books (Da Vinci Code), Illuminati books
Life After Billy by Brian Vallée
True Crime books

List of requests Nov 20th, 2017

Hi everyone! Here are the requests from our regular library program. You can drop off any donations at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St.) or The Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24).

Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton
Books 3, 8, and 9 in the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovitch
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell
Vagabond by Bernard Cornwell
GED Prep Books
Life after Billy by Brian Vallée
Cross my Heart by James Patterson

Books by the following authors:
Mary Oliver
John Grisham
Stuart Woods (newer books)
Kathy Glass
Jodi Picoult
Stephen King
Ann Rule

All by John Grey:
Men, Women, and Relationships: Marking Peace with the Opposite Sex
What your Mother Couldn’t tell you and Your Father Didn’t Know: Advanced Relationships Skills for Better Communication and Lasting Intimacy
What you Feel, You can Heal: A Guide for Enriching Relationships)

Books on the following topics:
Princess Diana
Islam
Astrology
Johnny Cash
Law
Origami
True Crime

List of Requests: Nov 4th, 2016

Hi folks, here are the requests from our bi-weekly library program. Thank you all again for all of your support! Donations can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St.) or The Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24).

These titles all by Jodi Picoult:
Salem Falls
Change of Heart
Second Glance
Keeping Faith
Harvesting the Heart
Plain Truth
Picture Perfect
Mercy

All by John Gray, Ph. D:
1)What You Feel You can Heal: A Guide for Relationships
2)Men, Women & Relationships: Making Peace with the Opposite Sex
3) What your Mother Couldn’t Tell you & Your Father didn’t Know: Advanced Relationship Skills for Better Communication and Lasting Intimacy

James Patterson: the Private series
John Grisham: The Firm & The Chambers
Anne Rice: Interview with the Vampire & Merrick

And any Mary Oliver poetry books!

Donations and a bookshelf! Oct 2016

Hi folks, we are still so grateful for all of your support from our fundraiser earlier this month. Along with the donations list this week, we are putting out a request for a bookshelf for our libary–something 2 and a half feet (30 inches) wide, by 6 or so feet tall. New or new-to-us would be equally lovely.

As well, here are the requests from our bi-weekly library program. Thank you all again for all of your support! Donations can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St.) or The Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24).
Christopher Pike: Thirst Volume 3-The Eternal Dawn
Vampire books
Janet Evanovich: #3 and 4 in her numbered series: Three to Get Deadly and Four to Score
Jodi Picoult: Plain Truth, Mercy, Keeping Faith and Picture Perfect
John Grisham: The Summons
Meesha Mink: Kiss the Ring
books about Positive Thinking
Margaret Atwood: Year of the Flood
Books of poetry
James Patterson: Against Medical Advice
Dungeons and Dragons-series written by a private detective