****On a recent trip to the Danville Prison Library 3Rs Chapter member Phil noted that they are in need of an encyclopedia set from after 2001, and magazine subscriptions CAN be addressed to the library and are now welcome!
****3Rs organizer Ryan Latvaitis coordinates a Bloomington-Normal chapter which he says is comprised of “a loose affiliation of like-minded people who all recognize that the availability of books in prison libraries helps prisoners make the most of their incarceration.”
For this fall update, we’ve asked 3Rs chapters to contribute this blog by letting us know what’s happening. Ryan writes:
“If there are books prisoners can spend their time learning about a trade, reading philosophy, improving their vocabulary, learning another language; books allow prisoners’ minds to transcend the walls around them and soar into the pages of a novel – another world. The catharsis offered by a protagonist’s redemption; the anger that is released when a villain gets his just desserts; a book can offer a prisoner an emotional experience that leaves him or her with a deeper soul, or an academic experience that broadens their abilities. The choice is that of the prisoner to read or not to read, and what type of book to pick up. But surely a prisoner cannot make the decision to improve themselves unless we as their fellow human beings provide them with the supreme tool of self-improvement: the book.”
Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. BloNo 3rs collects books from the BloNo community and donates them to Pontiac Prison.