MLK Day and Books Through Bars

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We didn’t get a chance to take the day off today, so tonight we took a little time to give back. Team Kit and I volunteered to help NYC Books Through Bars at Freebird Books. Books Through Bars is an all-volunteer-run group that sends free, donated books to incarcerated people. They mail book packages to individuals who write in with different requests rather than send them to prison libraries. They’ve been doing this for twenty-one years and ship to forty states (the other ten don’t allow such packages through the mail, especially I think from people you don’t previously know). Tonight, we mostly mailed individuals in Texas, a state that also comes with its own list of banned books. This list was hundreds of titles long, and you have to cross-check the requests before you pack them up. Wherever I could find one on the shelf, I threw in one or two of my favorite books as well. We chose to work with this group tonight because we love reading so much ourselves, and we believe in their vision that books are a way to improve quality of life, and access to knowledge shouldn’t be restricted to anyone, by anyone.