Requests from November 24 program

Hello BBB supporters! Here is our latest list of requests. Donations can be dropped off at Venus Envy (Barrington St) or the Loaded Ladle (in the Dal Students’ Union Building).

As always, we need a large amount of our most requested item: non-coil bound journals and notebooks.

Thank you for your ongoing support!!


  • Buddhism
  • French Books
  • Immigration law
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Middle-East/Saudi Arabia
  • Mi’kmaw authors and topics
  • Non-Fiction (Biographies)
  • Philosophy
  • Poetry
  • Reiki
  • Serial killer stories
  • Teen Harlequin
  • True crime
  • Vampire


  • Andrews, V. C. – Hidden Jewel
  • Atwood, Margaret – Alias Grace
  • Black authors
  • Brown, Anne Greenwood – Promise Bound, Betrayal
  • Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
  • Cast, P. C. – Marked – the last few in the series, after Revealed
  • Hamilton, Laura K.
  • Mi’kmaw authors
  • Rice, Ann – The V Chronicles (the Vampire Books)
  • Roth, Veronica – Insurgent series, Divergent
  • Smith, L. J. – Nightworld series
  • Mink, Meesha and De’nesha Diamon – Desperate Hoodwives
  • Mink, Meesha (any)
    majjhima nikaya, diggha nikaya (Buddhism books)


  • Origami Paper

Requests from Nov 10 program

Hi folks, here is the latest list of requested books from our bi-weekly library program in Burnside. As always, we accept donations of non coil-bound journals, and we also gratefully accept children’s books in good condition for our read-aloud 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).

Colouring pages of roses/pin up girls/ tattoo art*
Colouring pages of images from the kids show “Paw Patrol”
Crossword puzzles
Thirst 1 and Thirst 2 – Christopher Pike
Tarot Cards
Life with Billy – Brian Vallee
Books about Middle Eastern culture and/or in Arabic
Instructional drawing books
American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Destined – PC Cast
Number the Stars – Lois Lowry
Under the Dome – Part 1 – Stephen King
books by Christopher Pike
Marked – PC Cast
The Secrets in the Cellar – John Glatt
books by Diane Flanning
books by Martha O’Connor
books about Mi’kmaq spirituality
astrology books
lesbian sex books (stories)
books by Mary Higgins Clarke

Requests from Sept 15th, 2017 library program

Below are the current list of requests from the Burnside Books Beyond Bars program. We accept donations of books and non coil-bound journals on an ongoing basis. Our current drop-off spots are Venus Envy 1598 Barrington St) or the Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24, basement of the SUB at Dalhousie).

Requests from Sept 15 2017

Vampire & Fantasy Romance
Positive motivational books (not chicken soup for the soul please)
Books on Mi’kmaq culture
Books that have been made into movies
War stories from Nova Scotia/Maritimes – especially the war of 1812

Amore, Elisa S. – Touched Series: Touched / Unfaithful / Brokenhearted / Expiation
Andrews, VC – Raven
Blaedel, Sara – The Killing Forest
Cast, PC and Kristin Cast – Hunted (#5) / Tempted (#6)
Claire, Cassandra and Joshua Lewis – The Shadow Hunter’s Codex
Feehan, Christine – Shadow Game / Mind Game
Hay, Louise – any titles
Hopkins, Ellen – The Thread, Glass
Jack, Genevieve – Vengeance
King, Stephen – “It” and other horror novels
Mink, Meesha – all titles
Patterson, James – #13, 14 & 15 of the Murder Club series / or any other recent titles
Soulja, Sister – all titles
Sparks, Nicolas – especially The Notebook / A Walk to Remember. Also, Three Weeks with my Brother / The Wedding

Book Requests from July 20th, 2017 library program

Hello BBB supporters! Here is our latest list of requests from the our bi-weekly library program. As always, we are always accepting donations of non coil-bound journals. If you don’t have any of the books on the list, gift cards for local bookstores are also appreciated! Thank you so much. Books can be dropped off at  Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St) or the Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24, basement of the SUB).

  • True Crime
  • Nicholas Sparks – the Notebook and Safe Haven
  • L.J. Smith – Night World series, books 2+3
  • Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged bird Sings
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Katherine Patterson – Bridge to Terebithia
  • Stephen King – Lisey’s Story, It, Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers
  • Alice Walker – The Colour Purple
  • Books and works by Black poets
  • P.C. Cast / Kristen Cast – House of Night “Betrayed,” “Revealed,” “Redeemed”
  • Suzanne Leonard – Fatal Attraction
  • Sistah Souljah – Coldest Winter Ever
  • Books on card tricks / card reading
  • Kiki Swinson
  • Fiction similar to Sistah Souljah / “gangster” fiction
  • Daaimah S Poole
  • Books on tarot card reading
  • Origami paper
  • Origami books
  • Killer Forest
  • Cayla Kluver – “Legacy” and “Allegiance”
  • De’Nesha Diamond
  • Nichelle Walker

Requests from July 7

Hi BBB supporters! Here is our latest list of requests, from this Friday’s library program. As always, books can be dropped off at Venus Envy (1598 Barrington St) or the Loaded Ladle (6136 University Ave, Room B24, basement of the SUB). A reminder that we can only take books that have been requested from the last couple programs: otherwise we end up with books which we need to find new homes for, as we have limited space in our library. Thank You for your generosity!

Andrews, V. C. – Butterfly
Claire, Cassandra – City of Heavenly Fire
Claire, Cassandra and Joshua Lewis – The Shadow Hunter’s Codex
Casey, Kathryn – She Wanted It All
Cast, P. C. and Kristin Cast – Marked / Betrayed / Chosen / Untamed
Cast, P. C. and Kristin Cast – Hunted: A House of Night Novel
Evanovich, Janet – Trick Twenty-Two
Greene, Robert (Any)
Heller, A. C. – Sacrifice Series
Kesey, Ken – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Minks, Meesha (Any)
Wu, Jennifer – Midnight Magic Anthology
Young, W. M. Paul – The Shack

Any books on Paul Bernardo
Any True Crime
More origami paper and colouring pages

Job Posting! Books Beyond Bars Summer Student


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).

  • 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 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