festival_of_books.jpgBook lovers and prisoner rehabilitation lovers can combine their interests today through Sunday at the Books to Prisoners “Pages for Pennies” book sale at the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana.

Books to Prisoners is an all-volunteer, local organization dedicated to getting books into the hands of people currently serving time in Illinois prisons. They’ve successfully put 28,000 books into the hands of 4000 prisoners over the years, despite having to raise money by begging people to buy used books at book sales.

Even if you believe that prisoners shouldn’t be allowed to learn new things by reading, the book sale offers a huge selection and variety of books for your own reading pleasure, all at very reasonable prices. And if you believe you should visit people in prison, like Jesus said you should, you could start by buying them a book (and pick up a few for yourself along the way).

Independent Media Center Building / 202 South Broadway in Urbana (Urbana Post Office)
Friday, October 17 from 4 – 8pm,
Saturday, October 18 from 8:30am – 6pm
Sunday, October 19 from 11am – 2:30pm (Bag sale from 1 – 2:30pm)