Rhodesia Ransom is spearheading the collection with a group of residents to collect new and used paperback books to replenish the prison’s library.
Prisoners use the books for educational and entertainment purposes.
Books at the prison have short shelf lives because they are checked out and used often by countless prisoners, according to Ransom, who also serves on the DVI Citizens Advisory Committee.
Ransom said she approached prison officials about the drive after hearing a presentation during a committee meeting that the library was in need.
“Our goal is to increase literacy or availability to books that would increase literacy, self empowerment and education,” she said.
Books can be placed in drop-off bins at Barnes & Noble at the West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road; Baristas coffee shop, 112 W. 10th Street; and Tracy Travel at 902 Central Ave.
Among the books being sought are westerns, fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, history books, dictionaries, inspirational, motivational, and addiction recovery.
Hardcover books and publications with themes of erotica and violence are not being accepted.
All of the books will be reviewed by the prison librarian before going on the library shelves.
“It’s an opportunity for the local community to be able to provide a positive service to the inmates,” she said. “We want to have a connection (with the prison and the community).”
Anyone looking to make a donation can do so at a drop-off site or by contacting Ransom at 645-2012.
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