As many of you know from the last Nevada Prisoners´ Newsletter, there is a major book drive in progress to help turn the E.S.P. Library into a Real Library! I cannot thank everybody enough for what they´ve been able to contribute so far! This is turning out to be a major event: people from all over the world have been donating all kinds of good educational and radical books! And there´s still much more to come!
So far, from what I know, this is what´s been going on with the Book Drive:
Our good companyera in The Netherlands has donated:
1) Websters Pocket Dictionary
2) The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran (hardback)
3) Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy
4) Hinduism, by K. Sen
5) The Rebellion of the Hanged, by B. Traven
6) Teach Yourself Esperanto
7) Dutch-English mini Dictionary
8) The Autobiography of Malcolm X
9) Introducing Psychology
10) The Elements of Sufism
11) Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things
And I´m sure she´ll be sending more in the near future.
Someone in Ohio has donated 28 college text books!
1) The complete home taxidermy
2) The United States brief ed.
3) Fluid Mechanics X2
4) Harbrace College Handbook
5) Performance Management
6) Successful Manager´s Handbook
7) Theory of Vibration &. Applications
8) Different Equations – Modern Intro
9) Dimensioning and Tolerancing
10) Plane Trigonometry
11) Chemical Principles in the Laboratory
12) Solutions manual for Engineer in Training
13) Engineer in Training Manual
15) Fundamentals of Physics
16) General Chemistry
17) Numerical Mathematics and Computing
18) Engineering Graphics Fundamentals
19) Mathematical Methods
20) Vector Mechanics for Engineering
21) Essentials of Engineering Economics
22) Introduction to Physical System Dynamics
24) Calcius and Analytic Geometry
25) Statistical Quality Control Handbook AT&T
26) Contemporary Economics
27) Mechanical Engineering
28) Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
29) (the typist missed one)
A friend of mine in NC (Durham) has donated these 4 books:
1) Man walks into a room, by Nicole Krauss
2) Great House, by Nicole Krauss
3) The Duel and other stories, by Anton Chekhov
4) The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
We have some more college text books coming from someone in PA, don´t know what they are yet. A volunteer organisation in Pittsburgh called Book´Em has donated a box of books to the E.S.P. Library, but we don´t know the names of the books they´ve sent. A friend of mine in Reno is going to donate a few books, one of those is “Days of war, nights of love” by Crimeth, Inc.
My comrade in S. Chicago, Anthony Rayson, is going to be donating some of his books, straight from his attic! My comrade in Austin, TX, who works with Inside Books Project will definitely be donating some books. Bound Together Books in San Francisco has donated 8 books. (I do not know the titles).
I´ve contacted: DC Prisons Book Project, Books thru Bars NYC, MD, and sent them all a copy of the ESP Book Drive flyer asking them to donate books, I´ve gotten books from each of these places in the past, so I´m sure they´ll help again. A friend of mine here in Ely State Prison has his lady in L.A. contacting different activists and organizations, trying to get a book drive going in L.A. for our library. So that´s going to be huge!
Another friend of mine here in ESP his lady in Reno is in contact with Truckee Meadows Community College, the Reno Public Library, and the Literacy Project, all who are going to be donating books to our library! So that´s huge!
I have a friend in Oakland who is supposed to be donating a box of books to our library. I know one of those books is “Ojiba Warrior” by Dennis Banks. This is actually one of my favourite books, it´s about how the A.I.M. (American Indian Movement) got started, it´s very good!
I personally donated 5 of my own books, they are:
1) Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, by John Watson
2) Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles MacKay
3) Herbal Magick: a Witch´s Guide to Herbal Enchantments, Folklore, and Divinations, by Gerina Durwich
4) The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Growth
5) Prisoners Diabetes Handbook: a Guide to Managing Diabetes – for Prisoners by Prisoners (Southern Poverty Law Center).
Also a place in Chapel Hill, NC called Internationalist Prison Books Collective is donating books to us, and a place in Wisconsin called Samizdat Socialist Prisoners Project is donating books to our library. I don´t know what books yet!
The E.S.P. Book Drive flyer is posted on: Craig´s List, Twitter, Facebook, Nevadaprisonwatch.org, Coyote-calling.blogspot.com, Infoshop, Las Vegas Indymedia, facebook and many other sites, calling on people to donate books! So we will definitely be getting tons of books sent in. The E.S.P. Library will soon be the best prison library in the nation! This is a major event and will definitely provide prisoners here with unlimited educational opportunities. Those who want to use this time to learn, grow and elevate themselves on higher levels of knowledge and consciousness will now have the opportunity to do just that! Remember only a piece of shit destroys or steals these library books, so don´t be a piece of shit, let everybody get a chance to read these books, because this cause is for everybody!
These are just some of the books from some of the people and places that I know of for sure. But I also know that various prisoners here at ESP have called on their friends and families to donate books. This book drive is still going until Ms Thiel says she doesn´t have room for any more books!
Then we will take the flyers down off all the sites and let everybody know it´s over. But this is something we should try to do every 5 years or so, keep that in mind. Also just so everybody knows, the library here at ESP will accept hardbacks, paperbacks, new, used or old books. The only books they won´t accept are spiral bound books. The more hardbacks the better, because they will last longer in this library considering the fact that they´re harder to steal and harder to damage, so call on your people to send as many hardbacks as they can! We want educational books, non-fiction, radical books, political books, biographies and good fiction novels. Our mission is to turn the ESP Library into a real library!
Also, one more thing before I close this. There is someone in Chicago who works for the Midwest Books for Prisoners bookstore, and he says that there´s a library in Chicago that throws library books away by the dumpster-full! The good thing is he has access to all of those books! The bad news is he has no money to ship them to us! We need those books! Those books belon gin our library. I´ve tried to get a stamp drive going on my unit, but only one person besides myself was willing to donate any stamps. Most dudes want to read those books, but they don´t want to pitch in to help get these books sent in, it´s a damn shame! But together, me and the other comrade on my tier have pitched in $25 instamps to send to the guy in Chicago so he can ship as many library books to our library as he can. I´m calling on all those who read this, all those who care, to send whatever extra stamps you have to:
Chris, Chicago ABC
1321 N. Milwaukee Ave,
Chicago, IL 60622
Be sure to let him know that those stamps are specifically for the ESP Book Drive in NV, so he can ship as many library books as he can to the ESP Library on behalf of the book drive. Chris is my comrade and he can be trusted. It´s important that we help out so that we can all take advantage of this opportunity! Sitting here on perpetual lockdown aint no joke, but we can turn a bad situation into an opportunity for growth and progression, I know everybody ain´t gonna be on that, but for the ones who are, I´m asking you to do what you can to help out.
Also, anybody who has any other updates in regards to this book drive, we would all be happy to hear about whatever news you have about what books are being sent in, etc. Feel free to write in to NPN and give us your updates, to be published in the next newsletter (NPN, Box 20494, Phoenix, AZ 85036).
Thanks for your participation and support!
PS books can be sent in to:
White Pine County School District
Mountain High School
Attention: Ms. Thiel / E.S.P. Library Donations
1135 Avenue C
Ely, Nevada 89301
Solidarity and Respects,
Anarchist Black Cross, Nevada Prison Chapter