Prose for Cons
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BOOK at 'em!

Adopt A Library - Getting books to people who need them

Prose for Cons is a drive to help prison libraries and prison education programs around the US.

Prose for Cons is the latest project of the smash hit literacy effort Created by classical soloist Lynn Gaubatz in 2002, is an Internet clearinghouse of groups that help libraries, prisons, Native American reservations, and schools around the world by encouraging and facilitating the donation of books and materials.

Neither Prose for Cons nor Adopt A asks for or accepts donations - all donations offered go directly to libraries and schools, or organizations which aid them.

Read-To-Me Program, Indiana Correctional Libraries

A new Indiana Read-To-Me literacy program, a cooperative effort between the Indiana State Library Development Office and the correctional libraries, addresses the special needs of incarcerated parents to keep in touch with their children through book sharing.

The Read-To-Me program encourages offenders in correctional institutions to read to their children. Just as important, the offenders discover the personal value and personal connections for both the child and themselves in developing literacy skills. Video and/or audio tapes of the offender reading a book aloud are sent to the child with a copy of the book being read.

Donations of new children's books for this program would be greatly appreciated. For more information about this program, visit the Read-To-Me program website. For information about donations contact them at:

Marcia Smith-Woodard
Special Services/Institutional Consultant
Library Development Office
Indiana State Library
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2296

Tel: (317) 232-3719
Fax: (317) 232-0002

Virginia Department of Correctional Education Agency (DCE)

The Virginia Department of Correctional Education Agency (DCE) serves as Virginia's statewide prison education system for youth and adult offenders assigned to 27 adult correctional centers, ten correctional field units, five work centers, eight day-reporting centers, four adult detention centers, six adult diversion centers, three adult reception centers, seven juvenile correctional centers and one youth reception center. The libraries at these facilities are interested in donations of both academic books and books for recreational reading.

For more information about DCE's programs, visit the Virginia Department of Correctional Education Agency website. For information about donations contact them at:

Rita H. Bibbins
State Library Coordinator

Phone: (804) 371-0390
Fax: (804) 786-7952
Email: also lists the following organizations which send books to prisons and prisoners:

Books Behind Bars

Books Behind Bars is a prison literacy program with an ongoing book drive for prisoners throughout the United States. Many prison libraries are in great need of textbooks to help promote literacy among inmates. For more information, visit the Books Behind Bars website or contact the director of community resources at any prison to arrange a book donation.

Prison Book Program

The Prison Book Program supplies prisoners and groups of prisoners with reading materials directly and for free. For more information about the books they accept, visit the Prison Book Program website or contact them at:

Prison Book Program
c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore
1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169

Phone: (617) 423-3298 (no collect calls)
On the MBTA red line at Quincy Center

Prose for Cons founder Lynn Gaubatz, has achieved unique success with by combining literacy advocacy with an appeal for donors to recycle books by donating them to those who can use them. "It's amazing the number of people excited about this concept! I've been contacted by everybody from individuals to school systems upgrading their textbooks who want to avoid sending usable books to landfills."

Each year, 52 million tons - roughly half of the paper used annually in the US - ends up in landfills, including millions of tons of usable books. The inclusion of ecologists/recyclers through has opened up a new line of donors for libraries worldwide and kept thousands of pounds of usable books out of landfills.

Woman's World magazine and hundreds of newspapers throughout the US, from an editorial in Bigfork, Montana to "Hints from Heloise", have featured Adopt A, which has had over 200,000 visitors who have donated many thousands of books (and not a few dollars!).

Lynn is recognized as one of today's most brilliant classical soloists. Named "One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women" by GLAMOUR Magazine, she has soloed on four continents - North and South America, Europe and Africa - including virtuoso solo performances in Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Boston, Chicago, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, and Washington. She has performed at music festivals around the world, including Aspen, Tanglewood and Wolf Trap, where she played the bassoon on stage in costume in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Lynn's performances have been broadcast worldwide on radio and TV by The Voice of America, CBS, PBS, Radio Nacional de España, and Radio Nacional de Venezuela, and several of her solo recitals from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC have been broadcast worldwide via the Internet. She's the only bassoonist ever featured by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC on their lectures Art of the Virtuosi and The Concert Experience.

Lynn taught at the world-renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria for several years, and has given master classes in Salzburg, Vienna, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Seville, Málaga, Caracas, Madison, Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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