Sale benefits Books to Prisoners

By Amanda Porterfield |

Published 04/04 2014 04:14PM

Updated 04/07 2014 01:41PM

Update: 10:06 pm, 4/6/14, Sunday
URBANA -- Books from Central Illinois are heading to state prisons because of a few small donations. UC Books to Prisoners had its annual book sale. It raised money to send books to inmates for free.

The goal is to ship 100,000 books by the end of the year. So far, the group has shipped 94,000. An increase in the number of inmat4es means there are fewer resources for education. It's also getting more expensive to ship the books.

In Illinois, only about 16 of the state's 26 prisons have libraries. Books to Prisoners started in 2004. Community members donate books.
Original: 5:30 pm, 4/4/14, Friday
URBANA -- A group is working to provide books for current and future prisoners. Lolita Dumas joins us now to talk about the Books to Prisoners project.

For more information, click here, or call Lolita Dumas at (217) 390 - 9290.

UC Books to Prisoners Used Book Sale
IMC, Downtown Urbana Post Office
202 South Broadway
April 4 - 6
Friday: 4 - 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm (bag/box sale $5)

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