There is no space set aside specifically for 3Rs book donations in Jackson County. Prison librarians shop from local public libraries in Murphysboro, Carbondale, and elsewhere after library book sales. The Carbondale Public Library has 7 rooms full of organized books. There are nearly 100,000 books for prison librarians to choose from after a book sale. Unlike most public libraries, the Carbondale Public Library accepts donated books year-round. Donated books in good condition may be (occasionally) added to the public library's collection, but most will go to the library's Friends group. They'll go through one book sale, to give the Friends a chance to earn money for the library. Then prison libraries (and sometimes charitable organizations) will have a chance to take what they need at no charge.
Public Library Contacts:
Carbondale Public Library: Library Director Diana Brawley Sussman, 618-457-0354, ext. 9, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sallie Logan Public Library in Murphysboro: Library Director Loretta Broomfield, 618-684-3271, Loretta.email@example.com
Local independent book store:
Prison libraries may also acquire a limited number of free books from Wild Thyme Books, an independent book store at 705 W. Main St. in Carbondale. Contact book store owner Lori Sailiata directly to make arrangements at 618-713-8790, firstname.lastname@example.org Website: wildthymebooks.com
WTTW recently featured an article about the organization Chicago Books to Women in Prison. Read it here.