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PBP Book Drive Thank Yous – And More

The Prison Book Program in Quincy raised more than 16,000 books during its Great American Book Drive on Saturday. And the PLG helped, by sending over more than 150! We’re proud and honored we were able to participate and hope to make helping collect books to donate an annual event as well.

Some thanks are in order! First, HUGE thanks to the PLG’s REFORMA rep, Sujei Lugo, who , made the fliers and just basically made our mini-drive work. Thank you so much, Sujei!! And also, big thanks to the PLG Community Outreach Coordinator, Hannah Gomez, who rented a zip car and drove around yours truly, trying to find the drop-off point. Thanks so much for doing this and putting up with my map-reading skillz. And thanks to all the PLG officers for offering to help, promoting and everything.

Outside of PLG, GSLIS Assistant Dean of Student Services Em Claire Knowles deserves praise for suggested putting the drop-off box in the GSLIS lounge and donated the first book at that location. And thanks for those Simmons students who donated there; I did get a few good hauls from that box. Somerville Public Library deserves a thumbs up for allowing us to place another drop-off box at their central location – we’d like to especially acknowledge Director Maria Carpenter for her support and to Teen Librarian Ron Castile for his support by donating 10 copies of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

But a big chuck of our haul came from Lugo’s contacts on Twitter and IRL. They are:

her twitterless dad, Pedro Lugo and
her twitterless Qualitative Research professor from the School of Social Work, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason.

We gratefully acknowledge your help in spreading the word and sending us some good stuff!

And thanks to all those who emailed and asked where they could send books or that they wanted to do something similar in their own schools. But most of all, thank you to all you generous donors. And if I’ve forgotten to recognize you, sorry and thanks!

You can still get involved with the Prison Book Program! Radical Reference Boston and PLG are getting a bunch of people together to head over the PBP TOMORROW 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. to help with these recently donated books and most likely other tasks. Email our Social Media Officer, Kittle Evenson at, to join the group or get more info.

And if you want to get in on planning and managing awesome campaigns such as this one, consider becoming a PLG officer. We’re looking for a secretary/archivist and treasurer starting in the summer semester. See here for more info and to apply. It’s fun and great for your resume.

Have a good week – oh, and see you next at the Swap-O-Rama (co-hosted with SCIRRT) —

When: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: GSLIS Student Lounge

PLG and SCIRRT are co-hosting a Swap-O-Rama. Clothes, books, electronics, school supplies and more are all welcome to be brought and exchanged. This event can be especially helpful for people who are moving or graduating after this semester. The organizers also hope that more than just goods will be swapped. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm for the profession and share them with your fellow GSLIS students, faculty and staff. Questions? Email Eileen Fontenot at or Eva Rios-Alvarado at

Whew! OK – think that was it!
~Eileen, PLG co-chair

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The Boston Anarchist Book Fair is Back!

Saturday and Sunday, November 10th and 11th, 10a-6p

Come check out the 2nd Annual Boston Anarchist Book Fair

Hosted by the Progressive Librarians Guild @ Simmons

Constructed by the tireless Boston Anarchist Book Fair Committee

Join us for an amazing weekend — shop for radical books, watch films, attend lectures and workshops!  Sunday sessions include a presentation by Simmons students on “Activism in the Archives”. Chat with librarians in the Radical Reference Collective, meet Progressive Librarians Guild officers and members, check out reps from the Papercut Zine Library, and the list goes on… Complete details can be found at

This event is free and open to the public, of course 🙂


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Massachusetts Library Legislative Day

March 28th, 9am-3pm

State House, Boston

Support Massachusetts libraries and library funding by letting your legislators know that you believe in the importance of libraries!

Check out the Massachusetts Library Association for more info!  Hope to see you there!

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Volunteer Opportunity

Can you spare two hours – or more!?   If you are able to join us, please contact Susie at  We’d love your help!

Pappenheim Library TLC Days

February 19 & 20, 10am – 6pm

Community Change, Inc.

14 Beacon Street, Rm 605

Boston, MA 02108

The Community Change library houses some of the best sources of information on racism in the United States – and its right here in Boston!  Last year, four librarians came together to give some tender loving care to this amazing collection. We’ve updated the online catalog, and begun outreach to new communities, but we need your help to move forward.

On Saturday and Sunday, February 19-20, we will be conducting a comprehensive inventory of the collection. By going book by book, through the 3,000 volumes, we hope to catch errors in the catalog, determine subject areas in which to expand, and identify books that need repair. This is an easy task – but it takes time, and we need your help to complete the inventory in just one weekend!


Myrna, Rebecca, Patrick & Susie

Boston Radical Reference Collective

The Yvonne Pappenheim Library at Community Change is a free lending library of materials about racism and white privilege in the United States.

Community Change

was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and in response to the Kerner Commission which named racism as “a white problem.” CCI has done what few organizations are willing to do: shine a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with the intention of dealing with racism at its source, as well as with its impact on communities of color.

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FWD: Prison Book Program

Nearly 7000 People Got Books in 2010!

It’s been a record year at PBP!  We’re still counting a few more packages, but it looks like we will be just shy of 7000 packages sent out in 2010!  That’s 1500 more than 2009.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated their time, their books and their money to help us reach this milestone.  We’re looking forward to an even bigger 2011!


‘Tis the Season for Year-End Giving

As you consider your end-of-year giving, please keep the Prison Book Program in mind. Your support and generosity makes it possible for us to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people in prison. 

It costs an average of $4 to send a package of books to a person in prison.  Approximately $3 of that is postage and rates are going up on January 3rd.  Please help us reach even more people in 2011!

Online donations can be made at

Thank you for your support!


PBP Closed for the Holidays

So that our volunteers can enjoy the holidays with their family and friends, the PBP office will be closed 

  • Thursday December 23rd
  • Tuesday December 28th
  • Thursday December 30th.

We will resume our regular Tuesday and Thursday evening volunteer and book drop-off hours on January 4th.

From everyone at PBP, we wish you a safe an happy holiday season!


We Need Your Help on December 28th

A local library is closing and has donated all of their unwanted books to PBP.  Are you free on Tuesday 12/28 from 11am to 4pm? We’re still looking for 6-8 volunteers to help us sort, pack and prepare the books for shipment.  The library is in East Milton, MA.

Lunch will be provided.

Please note that this job does involve lifting and carrying boxes of books.

Contact us at for more details if you are interested and available!


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@ Northeastern

Via [act-ma] |
*Thursday, November 18, 2010*
*6:00 – 8:00 pm*
*Northeastern University School of Law, 250 Dockser Hall *
(2nd level in the new School of Law building;  entrance at 65 Forsyth St.)

The NLG Massachusetts Chapter is a co-organizer of an event on the FBI
and its tactics – then and now – to crush political dissent.

The event, titled */”The FBI and the Murder of a Black Panther”/* and
moderated by *Michael Avery*, will feature *Jeffrey Haas*, the author of
*/”The Assassination of Fred Hampton”/*/;/ *Geraldine Hines*, Superior
Court Judge; *Soffiyah Elijah*, Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard
Law School; and *King Downing*, member of the NPAP.

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