We have been very busy lately. In fact, we now have volunteer activities happening four to five days a week, thanks to your support. Check out our event calendar to see what we're doing today and find out how you can get involved.
 
History of UC Books to Prisoners Events
 
Aug, 2013


Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs

Learn about Books to Prisoners
at the U of I Volunteer Fair

U of I Students get ready to come learn more about Books 2 Prisoners. We will have a booth at the U. of I. Volunteer Fair on ThursdaySept, 19, 2013 from 10am-2pm held at the Illini Union in conference rooms: A, B and C. 

DATE:
Thurs, Sep 19 2013

LOCATION:

Illini Union 1401 W. Green St Urbana, IL
Conference Rooms: A, B and C

HOURS:
10am - 2pm





 
April, 2013


Help us Promote this sale
Download & Circulate Flyers: 4 x 4 | 8.5 x 11

Pages for Pennies
Spring Book Sale


Apr 12th - 14th, 2013
202 S. Broadway Ave Urbana IL

HOURS:
Friday 4-8pm
Saturday 8-5pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm*



Get free books & help us promote the sale
by becoming a fan on Facebook


$0.75 soft covers, $1 hardbacks
*Bag Sale Sunday (fill a bag for $5)




 
Jan, 2013

2013 MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 21 from 1-3 PM

Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners
will hold an open public volunteer session.

Join us in honoring the legacy
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn More about this local opportunity

More information about MLK Day of Service (mlkday.gov)




 
Oct 2012


Book Drive completed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publisher
holds successful book drive for BTP


This effort resulted in collecting 832 books,
including 30 hard to find Urban Fiction titles


Thank you Mary & Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!

If your organization would like to help BTP
collect books for our program, let us know
by using the contact form on the Contact Us
page of our web site.







 
 
Oct 5-7, 2012


Help us Promote this sale
Download & Circulate Flyers: 4 x 4 | 8.5 x 11


Get free books & help us promote the sale
by becoming a fan on Facebook

Pages for Pennies
Fall Book Sale


October 5-7, 2012
202 S. Broadway Ave Urbana IL

HOURS:
Friday 4-8pm
Saturday 8-5pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm*



$0.75 soft covers, $1 hardbacks
*Bag Sale Sunday (fill a bag for $5)




 
Aug 30, 2012



Please join us for related programs:
September 25, 7pm: Prisons in the Media
October 9, 5pm: Danville Writers' Symposium
October 23, 7pm: Shakespeare at Danville, screening at IPRH building
October 30, 7pm, Families of the Incarcerated, held at IPRH building


Download Flyer

Beyond Lines - Aug 30

News Bureau coverage of this Event

Featured art work produced by incarcerated artists at Danville Correctional Center, a men's medium-high security Illinois state prison. Co-Sponsored by UC Books to Prisoners.

Students of the University of Illinois' Education Justice Project organized the exhibition and produced the accompanying catalogue. Their goals incude challenging popular assumptions about "prison art" and stereotypes about incarcerated people generally.

They warmly invite you to attend the exhibit and related events, which will be shared with the men at the prison via video.





 
June, 2012

Common Ground Food Co-Op
Round Up Month for BTP


June 2012

During the month of June 2012
UC BTP is the recipient of the Common Ground Food Co-op Round Up Program.

Support both organizations by shopping at
Common Ground and adding a few dollars
or cents to your purchase to benefit BTP.


Common Ground Food Co-op




 
May, 2012


Print a flyer to help us
reach new volunteers

Download PDF

Volunteer Librarians Needed

UC Books to Prisoners stocks, staffs and operates
lending libraries in Champaign County's two jails.
We are looking for a few more book-loving people
willing to support the common good. Time
commitment is less than three hours per month.
Summer and year-round volunteer positions
available.

No experience necessary.

Jail Library Hours of Operation:
Monday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM


For more information
contact Doris (217) 714-4425




 
 
March 11, 2012

BTP Receives 2012 McKinley Foundation
Community Organization Social Justice Award



Winners of the McKinley Foundation's Social Justice Awards were honored at a celebration at the foundation in Champaign. Front row, from left, are Rebecca Ginsburg of the Education Justice Project, which won the campus organization award; Jill McClary of Engineers Without Borders, which also won the campus organization award; Lolita Dumas of Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners, which won the community organization award; state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign; and Aaron Ammons, who won the community individual award. Back row, from left, are Champaign County Board Chairman C. Pius Weibel, who won the lifetime achievement award; Kurt Gibson of the Education Justice Project; McKinley Foundation Executive Director Keith Harris; and Frank Migliarese, winner of the campus individual award. Photo: News-Gazette.

The McKinley Presbyterian Foundation has selected Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners to honor as the community organization winner of this year's Social Justice Awards.
The awards were presented earlier this month at a dinner and reception.
Each year, the foundation honors two individuals and two organizations that have worked to help raise awareness of injustice issues and made significant strides to improve life for those who have received unfair treatment.
This year, five $500 awards were made because there were so many excellent student organizations, and McKinley Presbyterian Church chose to sponsor an extra award, said Jane Cain, a development committee member.




 
November 2011















Welcome Doris, UC Books to Prisoners' Jail Library Chair for 2011 / 2012

Doris Anderchak
BTP 2011 / 2012 Jail Library Chair

As our Jail Library Chair, Doris will coordinate the committes activities including new volunteer recruitment & registration, staffing schedules, process improvement and collection maintenance.

Doris grew up In Chicago but has lived most of her adult life in Seattle, WA. She moved to Central Illinois a few years ago to live closer to family. She finds Champaign Urbana a lovely and interesting community that has been easy to consider her new home.

Doris is a master level counselor specializing in disability issues and has considerable experience in the area of brain and spinal cord injury. Currently she wants to invest her time and energy into volunteer work and is especially grateful to be a part of Books To Prisoners and a member of the IMC.  She feels very passionate about the goals of the program, and very much enjoys meeting so many bright, dedicated and interesting people involved in B2P.  “I am happy to be part of this tribe.”




 
August 2011

















Welcome Lolita Dumas, UC Books to Prisoners' Volunteer Supervisor for the Americorps 2011 / 2012 program year


UC BTP Selects Lolita Dumas
as Volunteer Supervisor


A native of Chicago, Lolita M. Dumas has been a member of the Champaign-Urbana community since 1991. She has worked most recently for the non-profit Family Advocacy in Champaign County (FACC) and, before that, for the Department of Children and Family Services.

In her free time, she has worked with the ACCESS initiative in their community wide effort to reduce the number of young people entering the corrections system. Ms. Dumas served on the interim-governing board of ACCESS that was responsible for the hiring of the current administrative team and has continued her participation with ACCESS as a member of the Cultural Competence Linguistic Committee.

Ms. Dumas holds a Masters of Social Work and has taught as an adjunct professor in the University of Illinois School of Social Work. She has 2 children, Reginald and LaTianna, who are both students at Urbana High School.




 
May 28, 2011


UC BTP Presents:
A Day at Stateville


(a play written by men serving
natural life in Stateville Prison )


Saturday, May 28 2011
4pm

Event includes:

- Performance
- Discussion
- Potluck dinner
(bring a dish to share)

download pdf





 
May 2011



Uncensored
Prison Arts Festival


Monday May 2nd 7-9 pm

Event includes:

- Art work from inmates at the
Danville prison

- Guest speaker Gregory Koger who is
a formerly incarcerated individual of 20 years

- A short film screening





 
 
 
April 2011



Pages for Pennies
Spring Book Sale


April 8-10 2011
202 S. Broadway Ave Urbana IL

HOURS:
Friday 4-8pm
Saturday 8-5pm
Sunday 10am-2pm*



Get free books & help us promote the sale
by becoming a fan on Facebook


$0.75 soft covers, $1 hardbacks
*Bag Sale Sunday (fill a bag for $5)




 

March Newsletter Available
Read about the Common Ground Food Coop Roundup, recent volunteer activitiy
and how we have been connecting with our community this Winter.
Read the March Newsletter




 
March 2011

Common Ground Food Co-Op
Round Up Month for BTP


March 2011

During the month of March 2011
UC BTP is the recipient of the Common Ground Food Co-op Round Up Program.

Support both organizations by shopping at
Common Ground and adding a few dollars
or cents to your purchase to benefit BTP.


Common Ground Food Co-op




 
January 17 2011

2011 MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 17 from 1-3 PM

Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners
will hold an open public volunteer session.

Join us in honoring the legacy
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn More about this local opportunity

More information about MLK Day of Service (mlkday.gov)




 
November 2010

UC Books to Prisoners November Newsletter

The second installment of our newsletter
is available, please have a look

View Newsletter

- Volunteer Spotlight
- BTP in our Community
- Generosity & Thankfulness




 
 
 
Oct 1-3 2010


Help us Promote this sale
Download & Circulate Flyers: 4x4 | 8.5x11

Pages for Pennies
Fall Book Sale


October 1-3 2010
202 S. Broadway Ave Urbana IL

HOURS:
Friday 4-8pm
Saturday 8-5pm
Sunday 10am-2pm*



Get free books & help us promote the sale
by becoming a fan on Facebook


$0.75 soft covers, $1 hardbacks
*Bag Sale Sunday (fill a bag for $5)




August 2010




UC Books to Prisoners selects Samantha Copeland as Outreach Coordinator

Samantha is a native of Chicago who lived
in Alabama for ten years. She comes from a large family that believes strongly in service.

Samantha holds a masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and recently served as a project manager for a water project in Cameroon , Africa. For the coming year she will be working with Books to Prisoners in the areas of staff development, communications and fund raising.

Join us in welcoming Samantha in her new
role with UC Books to Prisoners






 
March 2010

UC Books to Prisoners March Newsletter

This is the first installment of our
quarterly newsletter

View Newsletter

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January 18 2010

Martin Luther King Jr.
Day of Service


Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners
will be holding a special public volunteer
session on Monday, January 18 from 1-3 PM.

Join us in honoring
the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


View photos from last years day of service event




 
October 20 2009

Yvette Scheven

Volunteer Yvette Scheven
honored by RSVP


RSVP, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
honors BTP volunteer Yvette Scheven with
Service to an Overlooked Community award
at their volunteer luncheon held Oct 20, 2009.

Yvette is one of BTP's most active members
and one of the first people new volunteers are
likely to meet on their initial visit. Three days
a week Yvette is in our workshop helping to
make our program successful by providing
orientations and a warm welcome to all who
volunteer with us.
 





 
October 5th 2009

UC Books to Prisoners selects
Judith Pond as Outreach Coordinator


As the Books to Prisoners outreach coordinator, Judith will be responsible for scheduling, supervising, and planning programming for community groups that are interested in volunteering with BTP. 

Read More






 
October 2009


Help us Promote this sale
Download & Circulate Flyers: 4x4 | 8.5x11

Pages for Pennies
Fall Book Sale 2009


October 2-4 2009

202 S. Broadway Ave Urbana IL

HOURS:
Friday 4-8pm
Saturday 8-5pm
Sunday 10am-2pm*


$0.50 soft covers, $1 hardbacks
*Bag Sale Sunday (fill a bag for $4)




 
May 2009

Friends on Facebook

Facebook Members can
become a fan of UC BTP


Connect with other BTP volunteers

Get occasional news updates

hear about new volunteer opportunities

Share photos

We currently have over 100 fans, are you one?




 
April 3-5 2009 - Spring Book Sale

Pages for Pennies
Spring Book Sale 2009

a Huge Success!

April 3-5 2009

Thank you to the many volunteers
& community members who supported our
Spring book sale.


We raised more than $4,000.00
which will be used primarily to pay for
postage on packages sent to inmates
during the next six months.




 
February 2009
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January 19 2009

In honor of the Presidential Inauguration
Day of Service


called for by the Obama Inauguration Team
in honor of Martin Luther King Day

Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners
held open work hours on
Monday, January 19 from 2-4 PM.

About 30 volunteers joined us in honoring
the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

View Pictures




 
October 2008

Thousands of high quality books will be offered to the public for pennies on the dollar.

Don't miss this opportunity to support our organization and get some great deals.

pages for pennies fall book sale October 17-19 2008
Hours:
Friday         4-8pm
Saturday     8:30am-6pm
Sunday       11am-2:30pm
(bag sale 1-2:30 on Sunday)


Location:

the IMC Building (Downtown Urbana Post Office)
202 S. Broadway Urbana IL

 
June 6-8 2008



Location:

the IMC Building (Downtown Urbana Post Office)
202 S. Broadway Urbana IL

Friday Jun 6 Special Preview 3 PM - 9 PM $2.00 admission
Saturday Jun 7 Open to the Public 8 AM - 4PM Free
Sunday Jun 8 Bag Sale Day 11 AM - 2 PM $2.00 / bag
 
Preview Be the first to browse thousands of quality books.
Bag Sale Fill a standard grocery bag with books for just $2.00 (no limit)
Holidays 2007

Alternative Holiday Gifts

Are you looking for a meaningful gift to give your
friends and family this holiday season? 

Why not consider buying a book to send to an inmate in an
Illinois prison or jail in honor of your loved one? 

Books to Prisoners will use your donation to buy books to
add to the Champaign County Jail Libraries or to
send to an inmate in an Illinois prison.

More information

 
November 2007

National Conference
of Prison Book Projects


November 2-4 2007
Hosted by U.C. Books to Prisoners
Urbana IL

This was the second National
gathering of prison book projects.
The conference catered to the
needs of established book programs
as well as emerging groups.

More information

 
Friday Sept 28 - Sunday Sept 30 2007



Pages for Pennies Book Sale

September 28 - 30 2007

Thanks to the support of our community
this was our most successful book sale to date
we raised almost $4,000.00 for postage

Location:
the IMC Building (Downtown Urbana Post Office)
202 S. Broadway Urbana IL

Friday Sept 28: noon - midnight
Saturday Sept 29: 7:00 AM - midnight
Sunday Sept 30: 11 - 6 PM

BAG SALE

($2.00 for a bag of books!)
Sunday 2- 6 or when we sell out!


Volunteer Opportunites:
Contact April adiaz25@uiuc.edu

 
April 2007
Prisoner art from Captured Words, Free Thoughts 2007

3rd Annual Zine Released

UC Books to Prisoners accepts
inmate art and writing and publishes
an annual review.

This year, we focus on works by local
inmates from Champaign County and
Illinois prisons.

Download a copy from our site:
Inmate Publications


 
Friday April 20 - Saturday April 21 2007
Click to view flyer

Prison Arts Festival

Second Annual Prison Arts Festival

Friday
Art Opening & Dancing to Desafinado
Friday 8:00 PM

Saturday
Film Screening: Mario's Story
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Town Forum: Schools-to-prisons pipeline
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Poetry Reading & Hip Hop Celebration
7:00 PM - Late

All Events FREE & at you IMC
202 S. Broadway Urbana IL


 
Thursday April 12 - Monday April 16 2007
 





Pages for Pennies Book Sale
Huge Success!


Thanks to the support of the Champaign Urbana
Community, we had our most successful book sale yet.

From April 12 - 16th we held our
Spring book sale raising over $3,300

This money will allow us to continue with our operations
and covers approximately six months of our expenses.

 
Saturday March 10th 2007
Volunteers load books into their new home
click to enlarge
UC BTP Opens 2nd Jail Library

UC Books to Prisoners has opened a new library
in the Urbana IL "Satellite Jail" facility.

Like the library in the downtown jail, this new
library is stocked with books, donated by the
community and staffed by UC Books to Prisoners
Volunteers.

Services are scheduled to begin on March 16th
You can participate, to find out how
send us a message.


 
 
 
 





Pages for Pennies:
A Book Sale to Benefit Books to Prisoners

We'd love to invite you out for our Spring Book Sale! Proceeds from this book sale go towards shipping costs and dictionaries, the only books we actually buy for our inmates.
Pages for Pennies will be held at the IMC Building, 202 S. Broadway, in Urbana, Illinois (the old post office). If you'd like to volunteer for the book sale, please contact Susan Bruce, our coordinator for the sale.

Hours:
Thursday, April 12 - 4pm-9pm
Friday, April 13 - 12pm-9pm
Saturday, April 14 - 10am-5pm
Sunday, April 15 - 10am-5pm
Monday, April 16 - 10am-12pm

Please come out to support Books To Prisoners!
All books are half price on Monday the 16th.

 
Febuary 2007
 

Book Fair to Benefit UC BTP

On Saturday Feb 10th 2007 Barnes & Noble hosted a Book Fair
to benefit UC Books to Prisoners.

Barnes & Noble donated a portion of their sales when
a coupon was presented at the time of the purchase.

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November 2006

Slam-Jam
Romp-Stomp 2

Saturday November 11th
8:00 PM - on

A cultural showcase
to benefit the IMC & Books to Prisoners
Featuring:
Aaron Ammons
Greg Spero Trio
DJ Limbs
and Mysery Guests



 
November 2006
Fall Book Sale

Wed Nov 8th -
Mon Nov 13th


In the Sun Room at the IMC
202 S. Broadway Urbana



You can help us: Promote the Sale
Setup / Staff the Sale / Tear Down

Sign up for a shift today!
 
January 2006
 
Slam-Jam Romp-Stomp
a huge success!


On Saturday Jan 28th 2006 more than 300 people
from our community packed the IMC for a night of poetry, radical cheerleading and music to benefit
U.C. Books to Prisoners and the Urbana
Champaign Independent Media Center.

At this event, we were also able to raise $100 in donations to help rebuild the Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners project, whose operations were decimated by Hurricane Katrina.


 
December 2005  
Your Alternative Holiday Gifts

In December 2005 raised more than $700, enabling us to
purchase over 70 dictionaries and many other commonly
requested and hard to find books for inmates.
These books were distributed between individual inmates
in the Illinois Department of Corrections as well as the
Urbana jail library.

October 2005  
Your Support of our Book Sale
in October 2005


raised approximately $2,900 which covers
more than six months of our operating expenses.
Thanks to the continual amazing support of our
community, our organization is growing quickly
.

 
September 2005  

Urbana Jail Lending Library Launched

Working in conjunction with the Champaign County
Jail and Sherriff's office, books2prisoners arranged
for thousands of books donated by the community
to be used to stock a formerly underutilized library
room in the downtown Urbana jail.

We have since begun staffing the library with volunteer community labor and providing library services six times a month to hundreds of inmates. The inmate and community responses to this project have been overwhelminly positive. We currently employ more than twenty volunteers and are planning to duplicate this initiative at other locations. More details to come soon...

 
   
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    Box 515 Urbana IL 61803


 
     
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