Uc Books to Prisoners Benefit Book Sale


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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

202 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801, United States Map

The first UC Books to Prisoners benefit book sale after almost two years, happens the weekend of October 16-17. Due to the build-up of inventory from COVID-cancelled sales, this will be our largest, running for two days: Saturday October 16th, 9 am-6pm; and Sunday 11am-5pm with a bargain bag sale for the last hour Sunday.
The books are used (good condition) and new and include textbooks, cookbooks, coffee table books, children's books, and all manner of fiction and non-fiction. Regular prices are .50 - pocket paperback; $1.00 trade paperback, and $2.00 for hardcovers, with some specially marked items and some odds and ends. Books to Prisoners T-shirts and tote bags as well as $1 raffle tickets will be sold, too. Cash, checks, credit and debit (and donations) are accepted.
It's all on the first floor of the Urbana Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., Urbana. There's a stairs entrance on the front Broadway Avenue entrance, and an accessible entrance around the back of the building, using the alley off Elm Street. Volunteers will provide carry out help. Shoppers should be prepared to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask to enter. It is advisable to bring strong bags or small wagons.
Proceeds from this sale support UC Books to Prisoners. A working group of the non-profit Independent Media Center, Books to Prisoners provides free books to incarcerated people throughout Illinois and promotes community awareness and education about incarceration. As a volunteer run organization, volunteers collect and sort tens of thousands of donated books from the local community each year. They read hundreds of letters from incarcerated people each month, asking for books. Since beginning in 2004, we've sent over 164,000 books to nearly 23,000 incarcerated people. Books to Prisoners also stocks and staffs lending libraries at both Champaign county jails. We only sell the surplus books we have no room to store.

Category: Community | Fundraisers | Volunteer

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