Donate Your Books
Spread the word!
We started a box at the shop to donate books to prisoners through the awesome collective Open Door Books, located here in Montreal. Donate some of your old paperbacks, whether they’re new fiction/bestsellers (John Grisham, Stephen King, et cetera), soft-cover dictionaries, radical literature, self-help/how-to, health, and especially books on aboriginal histories, law and up-to-date legal handbooks… And if you only have hardbacks to give, that’s fine too; they won’t be shipped out as they’re usually too heavy, but are instead sold by Open Door Books to continue funding the initiative.
What’s the cause?, you may ask. Or maybe Hold on. Aren’t prisoners already supplied with books? The collective says it best on their About page:
ODB seeks to support and work in solidarity with imprisoned communities. We believe that prisons and the (in)justice system act as institutions of social control and oppression, further targeting marginalized communities as a result of patriarchy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism and an ongoing history of colonization.
Open Door Books is a collective comprised entirely of volunteers which seeks to provide free reading material and informational resources to prisoners throughout Canada. Unfortunately, the majority of prisons in Canada have a policy of disallowing prisoners from personally receiving books or other “valuables,” thus preventing us from sending to prisoners on an individual basis. As a result, our collective seeks to form relationships with prison librarians in Québec and Ontario in an effort to send boxes of relevant and requested books to the prison libraries.
Problems faced by ODB include unresponsive librarians, prison restrictions on reading material, and the closure of many libraries throughout parts of year depriving prisoners of the ability to access books for three to four months at a time. We receive all our books by donation and invite those with books to donate to get in touch!
If that doesn’t suffice and you need more information, you can either get in contact with us or Open Door Books either by email (bookstoprisoners [at] gmail [dot] com) or by phone (514-848-7583).