We accept book donations at Freebird books (not through mail) during our packing sessions (see the Volunteer tab for location and hours). We are always looking for new and used books in good condition on the following topics:
* African-American history, especially 20th century
* Native American history
* Latin American history
* Radical politics
* Social sciences and psychology
* Dictionaries, thesauruses, and Spanish-English dictionaries
* Learning world languages
* How-to (drawing, chess, sign language…)
* Mayan and Aztec history
* Memoirs and fiction by people of color
* Poetry anthologies
With few exceptions, we want only paperbacks since most prisons do not accept hardcover books and they are expensive to mail.
We do not take: heavy hardcover books; encyclopedias; religious books, including Bibles; legal books (except legal dictionaries); old magazines (besides National Geographic); white supremacist literature or anything advocating racial animosity, sexism or homophobia; business books; computer books; mass market fiction (such as Danielle Steele and Sidney Sheldon).
Check out our BookMooch wishlist for a sense of the types of books we need the most.
We also need uncancelled postage stamps in any denomination, wrapping paper (re-usable paper bags are great), and clear packing tape.
We need your support!
Books Through Bars would not exist without the help of people who donate money for postage costs.
Contributions are tax-deductible.
Make checks payable to ABC No Rio, and send to:
BOOKS THROUGH BARS–NYC
c/o ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
Do NOT make your checks out to Books Through Bars!
Make them out to ABC No Rio.