Around Bloomington

Here are two events that members of Defiance, Ohio are tangentally involved in:

Thursday November 16th
@ The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project
310A Washington St., Bloomington, IN (next to Boxcar Books and across from 3rd St. Park)

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project Pack-A-Thon

On Thursday, November 16 the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is holding a Pack-A-Thon at its space next to Boxcar Books and Community Center at 310 S Washington Street, near the corner of Third and Washington Streets, across from Third Street Park. The event will start at 2pm on Thursday and go late until 2am on Friday, November 16th!

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project currently has a backlog of book requests from prisoners that spans many months. With the help of Pack-A-Thon volunteers, we hope to reduce that backlog to two months!

Volunteers at the Pack-A-Thon will be reading letters sent from prisoners, filling requests for books from our collection of books donated by members of the Bloomington community, and packaging those books so that they are ready to be mailed. No prior experience is necessary, and training will be provided to new volunteers on the hour, every hour.

While we hope to get a lot of work done, this will also be a fun and festive event, so bring music, snacks and beverages to share, as well as everyone you know!

For more information, contact the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project at midwestpagestoprisonersatyahoodotcom,, or 812.339.8710.

For those unable to attend this special event, Pages meets several times every week to help send books to the imprisoned. The regularly scheduled meeting times are Mondays from 7-9pm, Thursdays from 7-11pm, and Sundays from 2-5pm.

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is an all volunteer effort that strives to encourage self-education among prisoners in the United States. By providing free reading materials upon request, we hope to aid in the rehabilitation process and stimulate critical thinking behind bars.

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners project is an organization made up of volunteers working in their spare time to provide free books to prisoners. Our volunteers are concerned citizens and activists interested in rehabilitation, rather than punishment.

The project exists to alleviate pain, boredom, and attrition and to provide a direct opportunity for self-education. Additionally, we exist because prison libraries sometimes fail in this respect, and are understocked, or are only able to be patronized during specific and limited hours.

Saturday November 18th
8pm – 11pm
@ Sweet Hickory Gallery
317 east 3rd st. Bloomington, IN

Art Opening.
Mike Harpring (a series of prints based on the former “barn house” of
Bowling Green Indiana)
Michael McPeek (digitally produced, vector based artwork)
+Richard Springer (found art)
show will run daily 2pm – 8pm until December 15th

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