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We need your help! The libraries within Centinela State Prison in California have been neglected for some time, and need as many paperback donations as we can find.

Sign Up to Donate Books to Prison Libraries

We need your help! The libraries within Centinela State Prison in California have been neglected for some time, and need as many paperback donations as we can find.

My name is Jameson Rohrer, and I am the Senior Librarian for Centinela State Prison in Imperial, California, in Imperial County.  We are a library system that wants to aid those who are incarcerated not only to improve their literacy, but also aiding them in overcoming their educational and informational obstacles in order to assist them in becoming productive members of society once again.  Reading books helps inmates across the board in a myriad of ways.

The libraries within Centinela State Prison have been neglected for some time, and need as many paperback donations as we can find.  We are working diligently to improve the quality of the collections, with minimal staffing. I do get a small budget on a yearly basis, but have to spread the purchases out over the 5 libraries that are on prison grounds. That’s why we are seeking any paperback general fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, historical fiction, thrillers, action adventure, young adult, biographies, mystery and suspense, popular non-fiction newer than 2006, and any encyclopedia sets newer than 2012. 

As for the donation process itself, it is fairly straightforward but because you will be donating to a prison it does require us to use this process. Once you sign up here, I will email you a copy of donation form.  Please fill it out as completely as possible and return it to my email address. Once the donation form is approved by my supervisors I can give you the go ahead. Unfortunately we cannot help with the cost of shipping; however those who have donated previously have chosen to select “library rate”, or “media rate”, which brings down the cost of shipping.  You can also use the market value of the books and the cost of the shipping as potential tax write offs.

Sincerely, Jameson Rohrer, MLIS
Senior Librarian
Centinela State Prison

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