Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project Pack-A-Thon – Thursday, April 19

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310A S. Washington St.
Bloomington, IN 47401

Thursday, April 19, 2007
Midwest Pages to Prisoners Pack-A-Thon

On Thursday, April 19th 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 afternoon and go a full 12 hours until 2am that night.

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

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! Additionally, book donations and donations of packing
supplies such as envelopes large enough to hold 3 books, large sheets of
paper that could be used to wrap packages of books, or packing tape will
be very useful.

For more information, contact the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project at
midwestpagestoprisonersatyahoodotcom, pagestoprisoners.org, 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 (during the school year) 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 provide free reading material to 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. 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. Finally, The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project exists to
inform others about the condition of the prison system in Indiana and
throughout the nation and the effects of incarceration on our
communities. Through the letters and books that we send and receive, we
hope to build connections between those who are within the criminal
justice system, and their communities at large.

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