Updates on the ESP Bookdrive

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!
They are:
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
14)   Calcius
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
23)   Thermodynamics
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,
P.M.B. 460
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
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Will Nevada´s prisons become one of the 10 U.S. Prisons With Impressive Libraries?

10 U.S. Prisons With Impressive Libraries
(from: Onlineuniversities.com/blog)

December 5th, 2010

Prison is not a fun place to be: it’s turned hardened criminals into scared submission, and the daily grind of just sitting in a cell — either by yourself or with a “roommate” you can’t stand — can play tricks on your mind that no nightmare can touch. But a lot of prisoners around the country are allowed very small indulgences, and with the participation of gracious volunteers and many public library systems, getting access to books, computers and legal resources is possible, even for those sitting behind bars. Prison libraries range from institutions that are open every day to books-by-mail programs, but these 10 U.S. prisons are well-known for their contributions to literacy, education, and rehabilitation. Or at least they should be.

1. Racine Correctional Institution: This Wisconsin correctional facility and reformatory school focuses on using education and positive influences to rehabilitate young people, and encouraging the inmates to experiment with the arts is part of that mission. In 2006, the Racine Correctional Institution Library hosted a poetry slam and competition, and a blog was kept to track the progress of the institution’s Shakespeare Project. Fifteen to twenty inmates studied and rehearsed Shakespeare plays for nine months, working with theater artists and preparing to perform for the other prisoners and for the community.

2. Maryland Pre-Release Prisons: Prisoners awaiting release in Maryland can now access well-equipped libraries full of career-planning resources to help them transition into a responsible, productive life in the real world. In 2007, the Maryland Correctional Education Libraries acquired two bookmobile units that travel to each pre-release library, providing prisoners with access to forty-inch smart screens, computers, wireless access, as well as databases and books.

3. Folsom State Prison Library: This legendary prison also has an impressive library overseen by the the California Department of Corrections. Boasting a law library and library focused on educating inmates, the Folsom State Prison Library also offers a vocational-intern program to prepare certain inmates for the working world outside of jail. The law library has a Paralegal Studies Program which trains inmates in research skills and helps them find forms and legal resources around the library.

4. Colorado Correctional Libraries: The Colorado State Library’s Institutional Library Services unit oversees twenty-three libraries in its Department of Corrections, and the librarians stationed at each prison can feel pretty isolated, overwhelmed, and even abandoned. But in 2006, a unit-wide intranet was created to unite the librarians and offer them support and resources, making it easier for them to share ideas and create helpful tutorials and other materials to their inmates and patrons.

5. National Institute of Corrections Online Library: The correctional agencies and librarians of the National Institute of Corrections have created a user-friendly, highly educational e-library here. It’s a resource center for corrections agencies at all levels who want to find tutorials, training, technical assistance, program development assistance, and research studies to improve their facilities.

6. Main Prison Library, Angola: Angola, also called “The Farm,” is the country’s largest maximum-security prison, and many of the prison staff and their families live and play on the premises, too. The Main Library was dedicated in 1968, but there are actually four other branches that serve Angola inmates as well, called Outcamp libraries. Cooperating with the State Library of Louisiana, the Angola libraries participate in an inter-library loan program. In addition to the library system, certain inmates who don’t have a GED or high school diploma, as well as inmates scoring low on the Test of Adult Basic Education are allowed to take classes in vocational subjects like automotive technology.

7. Illinois State Prisons: The Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners project aims to educate the inmate population of local state prisons by providing them with as many books as possible, mostly lent out by individual libraries and regular volunteers from around Illinois. As an avenue for also educating Illinois residents about the state prison system, prisoners and volunteers interact regularly, and many of the inmates’ own writings and art pieces are published. Lending libraries have been set up in the two local jails, and the program also offers books by mail to all Illinois inmates.

8. Norfolk County prison: This Massachusetts prison once inspired Malcolm X to turn himself into a voracious reader and research everything he could about the Muslim religion and Nation of Islam. He wrote articles for the inmates’ newsletter, participated in weekly debates at the prison, and holed up in the prison library, copying an entire dictionary to learn new words. Today, the prison still provides education programs to inmates in the culinary arts, computer technology, HVAC, college transition, ESL, reading enrichment, and getting a GED.

9. Bucks County Prison Library: Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Correctional Facility works with the local Lions Club to produce reading material for the blind. In fact, the inmates are the ones who actually “translate” the books and reading material into Braille.

10. The “standing library” at Rikers: This sprawling New York City jail houses around 14,000 inmates at any given time, ten different jails, schools, gyms, a track, barbershops, grocery stores, and a car wash, among other amenities. The New York Public Library provides all kinds of library services and volunteer projects in conjunction with the Department of Corrections, but a new weekly program — called “the standing library” — operates a bit like a book fair, hosted in one of Rikers’ gyms. Inmates are taken down to the gym in groups and are allowed to pick books off the shelves and sit and read for a while. Books are also taken around to prisoners in solitary confinement, who are allowed one extra book to read.

When, after reading this, you think: ´Let´s make Ely State Prison the nr 1 prison library in the country!´Or even in the State, well here is your chance:

The Ely State Prison Bookdrive is happening now! Any book that you think would be uplifting, educational, or inspirational to prisoners, please send them to:

White Pine County School District
Mountain High School
1135 Avenue C
Ely, Nevada 89301
Attention: Ms. Thiel / E.S.P. Library Donations

Please make sure to go through all of your books, removing money, papers or anything that you may have left inside of your books, because the officers will thoroughly inspect each book before they are inducted into the E.S.P. Library.

Please talk to your friends, family, co-workers and classmates, ask them if they have any old books that they don’t want or need any more. We really want you to help us turn the E.S.P. library into a real library. Help us bring meaning and positive change to these prisoner’s lives.

There is no rehabilitation, no programs, no real educational/vocational opportunities for these guys incarcerated at Ely State Prison. We want you to help us give them that opportunity, we want you to help us help them. We want you to help us liberate these prisoners’ minds and transform their lives through knowledge, education and higher learning. Please get involved in this life-changing project. There’s nothing more empowering than knowledge! Thank you for your time and concern.

Check here for a list of the type of books most wanted. Thank you! Even one book may change someone for the better and give them a new chance…

E.S.P. Book Drive

You can help change someone’s life! There is nothing more invigorating, nothing more liberating than knowledge! Books can definitely change people’s lives, and who needs help with changing their lives more than the people in prison? It has already been proven that education is the most powerful tool against recidivism, yet prisoners sit in their cells going mentally numb, getting more aggressive and deteriorating intellectually, spiritually and physically, just wasting away behind steel and stone, until the day they are released and returned back into our communities!

This is a chance to make a difference; to have an impact on someone’s life. This is a chance for people out there to really get involved in something significant. We need you to help us bring meaning and productivity to these prisoners lives! Please, help us do something positive; something that will definitely make a difference. Help us give these prisoners something important to think about, help us raise their level of consciousness and break them from the shackles of the gangster, pimp and criminal mentalities that confine them to self-destruction and perpetual misery.

Help us get books together for these men who sit in their cells staring at the walls all day. People throw books away every day. We need those books. We want you to help us donate those books to the Ely State Prison library; we want you to help us help these people who will be returning back to society. We want you to help us help these people who deserve a second chance. Help them realize they deserve a second chance! We can do that by bringing hope, meaning, and knowledge into their lives through books. we need you to help us with this possible life-changing project!

Any book you can donate will be appreciated, and put to good use, no matter what kind of book it is. Our mission here, however, is to turn the E.S.P. library into a real library. The E.S.P. library already has lots and lots of horror novels, sci-fi novels, fantasy and romance, but lacks anything of real educational value. So, we want you to help us provide any type of book that will allow prisoners to think and comprehend things on a higher, or deeper level.

We want educational books; anything that has some type of educational value, or that will provide real intellectual stimulation. All books will be accepted and appreciated, and books that we are particularly looking for are basically any type of books on:

• History
• Any type of self-help book
• Dictionaries, thesaurus, encyclopedias, almanacs, vocabulary builders, etc.
• Philosophy
• Psychology and/or sociology
• Anthropology
• Text books of all kinds
• Non-fictional books, true stories, current events, etc.
• Books on business, economics, law, etc.
• Poetry, classics, literature, etc.
• Autobiographies, memoirs and biographies
• Books on science (any branch of science, from astronomy to palaeontology, whatever)
• Good fiction novels that could possibly have a life-changing impact on a prisoner’s mind
• Books about prison, or written by prisoners, who have changed their lives while in prison (these stories are always inspirational and helpful for those incarcerated)
• Any books on politics, revolutionary science, prominent figures and leaders
• Cultural studies: Latino, African American, Native American, Asian, The Celts, The Romans, The Greeks, The Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans, etc.
• Political books (on anarchism, communism, socialism, etc.)
• Theology, Theosophy, etc.
• Books on different languages
• Geography
• Best sellers, Pulitzer prize winners, etc.
• Esoteric studies, masonic literature, symbolism, etc.
• Health, medical encyclopedia, physical fitness, etc.

Any book that you have, that you don’t want, or need any more, any book that you think would be uplifting, educational, or inspirational to prisoners, please send them to:

White Pine County School District
Mountain High School
1135 Avenue C
Ely, Nevada 89301
Attention: Ms. Thiel / E.S.P. Library Donations

Please make sure to go through all of your books, removing money, papers or anything that you may have left inside of your books, because the officers will thoroughly inspect each book before they are inducted into the E.S.P. Library.

Please talk to your friends, family, co-workers and classmates, ask them if they have any old books that they don’t want or need any more. We really want you to help us turn the E.S.P. library into a real library. Help us bring meaning and positive change to these prisoner’s lives.

There is no rehabilitation, no programs, no real educational/vocational opportunities for these guys incarcerated at Ely State Prison. We want you to help us give them that opportunity, we want you to help us help them. We want you to help us liberated these prisoners’ minds and transform their lives through knowledge, education and higher learning. Please get involved in this life-changing project. There’s nothing more empowering than knowledge! Thank you for your time and concern.

Solidarity and Respects
From Someone Who Cares

ps if you plan to send in any books, please if possible let us know via email (Nevadaprisonwatch at gmail.com) which books you donated, because the person who organized this would like to know if all the books are indeed going to the library.