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"What's it going to be then, eh?

Anthony Burgess

The most popular requests are for dictionaries, thesauruses, almanacs, African-American history/literature, Native-American studies, gay & lesbian literature, and languages (particularly Spanish). Other common requests include fiction, vocational-technical manuals, current affairs & politics, anthropology, hobbies, arts, drawing, crafts, psychology, health and fitness. While some prisons accept hardcover and slightly used books, the best donations are new soft covers. Prisons will not accept books that contain any handwriting, margin notes, or highlighting.





The Rainbow Bookstore in Madison sends "books to prisoners in the state of Wisconsin free of charge. We believe that books are tools for learning and can help open minds to new ideas and fresh possibilities. By sending books to those in prison, we hope to foster a love of reading and encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement.


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