APIRG funding to support the library

Sara and I have successfully applied to APIRG on behalf of ABC Edmonton for a Books Behind Bars project in support of the library. We have received a grant of $670 to be used to buy books for the library and promote the project.

Now to buy some books! We will, of course, be looking to the wishlist, as well as a lists of recommendations from ABC contacts. Kirsten and I have discussed the possibility of buying some reference books.  There’s a bookclub meeting this weekend, so I’ll be able to talk to Cathee about what she thinks would be most useful.

APIRG is also interested in setting up a ‘satellite’ library at the prison. The idea is that they would lend books from their collection to the prison library for an extended period of time and those books would circulate in the prison. This is in discussion stages right now, but I will keep you updated!


(Specific) Requests for Book Donations

Moyra and I had a book club meeting yesterday and we had some requests from the women. I’m posting it here, but feel free to pass it along. Call me at work if you have any of these, and we can arrange something. Also, these are requests for permanent donations to the library, so you won’t be getting the book back.



Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Roots – Alex Haley

The Associate – John Grisham

Daniel X Watch the Skies – James Patterson
Swimsuit – James Patterson
The 8th Confession – James Patterson
Maximum Ride: The Final Warning – James Patterson
Run For Your Life – James Patterson
Cross Country – James Patterson

Tales of the City- Armistead Maupin
More Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
Babycakes – Armistead Maupin
Significant Others – Armistead Maupin

Anything by Lisa Scottoline
The Twilight Series
Any Book on CD

Bookdrive for Pe Sakastew

The men’s healing centre in Wetaskiwin (Pe Sakastew) needs the following types of books:

A current set of encyclopedias, and dictionaries.
The complete “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins.   
The complete series by James Herriot.
How to books on Leatherwork; leather carving; wood work; making of native crafts; learn to play the guitar, drums (the drum sets), etc.
Books on health, nutrition, how the body works, nutritious meal planning and recipes (using basic inexpensive food).
How to budget, handle money, handle stress, safe workouts (gym, etc.), be a good parent.
Poetry books
Spy fiction
Mystery fiction
Books by Wilbur Smith, Zig Ziglar, Chuck Swindoll, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Robert Ludlum.

If you have any of these books to donate – please let us know!

A wish list from Cathy

Cathy gave me a wish list of books as requested by women at the prison – I thought I would pass it along to you and your networks/libraries etc before posting it to the GELA/Jerome listservs. Maybe we can collect some of these books at our next meeting?  The women would be thrilled.

Here’s the list:

The Book of Negro
The Power of Now – Ekhart Tolle
Heavier to Heaven (Kurt Cobain’s biography)
Any V.C. Andrews books
Gregory Maguire series
The Other Boleyn Girl
Clive Barker books
Dr Phil – The Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge
Paranormal subject
More current “healing” non-fiction
S.E. Hinton books
My Sister’s keeper – Jodi Picoult
Dean Koontz books (From the Corner of his Eye)
Restoration by Rose Tremain
The Lords of Discipline – Pat Conroy
The Pilot’s Wile by Anita Shreve
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
Stolen Lives: twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir
Fall on your knees and/or The way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Night by Elie Wiesel
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Thanks everyone!