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Change Lives: Donate Paperback Books to Prisons

During these winter months, if you’ve been cleaning out bookshelves, consider donating gently used PAPERBACK books to DC Books to Prisons! You may leave these in the box by the church library, or contact to arrange for a parishioner to pick books up from your home. DC Books to Prisons staff mail books to prisoners in over 600 state and federal prisons in the US.

Books must be free of water damage, underlining, tape and lamination. Many prisons prohibit hardcover books, so please donate only paperbacks in English or Spanish. Please limit donations to categories listed on the DC Books to Prisons website. Here are a few highlights:

  • College-level PAPERBACK dictionaries: the #1 need
  • How-to-draw books
  • Games/puzzle books: role-playing games (e.g., Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder), word search, Sudoku, crossword puzzles
  • Starting a business, trade or DIY books (home construction and repair, welding, HVAC, woodworking, plumbing, car mechanics, small motor repair)
  • Memoirs/biographies of historic leaders or modern celebrities
  • History and culture (African American, Latin American, Native American, ancient history and mythology)
  • Introductory (Level 1/2 or “phrasebook”) language instruction and dictionaries for Spanish, American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Japanese, Biblical Greek or Latin
  • Westerns
  • Novels by David Baldacci, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Stephen King Patricia Cornwall, Harlan Corben, Stuart Woods, Vince Flynn, or Michael Connelly
  • Fantasy novels (e.g., Harry Potter) and science fiction
  • Spanish-language books: biography, history, self-help, popular fiction (especially romance and mystery) and Christian books