It’s , Tuesday, February 27th. Suspiciously anxious iSchoolers are lurking furtively in a dark alley. What subversive, illicit shenanigans might they be up to? Why are they sneaking into a large, labyrinthine basement on a cold and dismal night? Even more importantly, it’s the end of the quarter…why aren’t they STUDYING?!
Fear not! These suspicious actions obscured legitimate and noble intentions. Enthusiastic info-heads representing iServe, the
With the characteristic skill and cunning that define the next generation of information professionals, Linda Marie Barton and Jamie Hancock scour BTP shelves for the perfect match to prisoner requests.
Finally, they filled out paperwork and compiled everything so it was ready to be packaged and shipped off to the eager reader. Requests ranged from “send me anything” to specific authors, titles, and/or subjects. Demand for BTP’s service is so high they were still answering letters written in November.
BTP volunteers Wendy Clark, Michelle Hudson, and Kathleen Loebig .
So if you are afraid of dark alleys, but love books and want to be a part of sharing them with an under-served population, keep your hyper-sensitive information receptors primed for news of future BTP visits and iServe events.
BTP is open every Monday and Tuesday night. Visit the website for more info:
"Books To Prisoners (BTP) is a Seattle-based, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that sends books to prisoners in the
. BTP believes that books are tools for learning and opening minds to new ideas and possibilities. By sending books to prisoners, we hope to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement." United States
BTP opportunities abound, even if you’re a distance student:
- There are
, Olympia and Bellingham BTP organizations. See the BTP website for contact information. Portland
- You don’t reside in these lovely locations, either? No excuses! You can help them with grant writing, entirely from home!
- Or, this website may list a “books to prisoners” project/organization near you: http://www.prisonlegalnews.org/links/books_to_prisoners.htm
For other life-altering and exponentially mind-blowing service opportunities, sign up for the iServe listserv (spam-free guarantee!) here: http://students.washington.edu/iserveuw/.