January Wrap-Up

We are happy to report that 2023 started off strong, with over 400 packages mailed out in January! That’s 1,200+ books in the hands of incarcerated people in Mississippi!

The last Sunday of January, we had 18 volunteers, many of whom were first timers. They shelved all of our book donations and filled all of our current requests, including requests for our monthly subscribers. These requests just need to be logged in our database, so we can print invoices and shipping labels and mail them out. If you’d like to help us log these requests, come by our location at 133 Millsaps Ave.  this Monday (1/30) and Thursday (2/2) from 5-7 p.m.

As many of you know, postage prices went up this month. Please donate if you can. We don’t want rising prices to stop us from continuing the great work YOU have helped us accomplish!

For those who want to donate books, we’ll be posting an updated needs list soon. Stay tuned!

Giving Tuesday and November Wrap-Up

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we raised over $1,700 for Giving Tuesday! We are so excited to replenish our postage fund with your generous donations. Thank you! Thank you!

This month we sent out over 360 books to incarcerated people in Mississippi! We had several dozen student volunteers from Millsaps College who helped pack, log, and fill book requests. We were glad to see a few new faces and a few of our regulars this month. Thank you for taking time out of your busy holiday schedules to give back to Mississippi’s underserved populations. We couldn’t do this without you!

Thanks to Theresa and Nathan for braving the cold with us for the Clinton Holiday Market. This was our last market of the season, and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting new supporters and spreading the good news of Big House Books!

December marks 8 years of protecting the right to read in Mississippi’s prisons. Big House Books is the only books-to-prisons group in the state of Mississippi, so we are happy to still be going and growing. Come out and celebrate with us at Urban Foxes on Saturday, December 3rd. We will have giveaways, merchandise for sale, and we’ll be taking book and monetary donations. Urban Foxes is also offering a 15% discount to anyone who donates to our postage fund. We hope to see you there!

October Wrap-Up

Another productive month at Big House Books. We sent out over 950 books this month and saw about 40 first-time volunteers!

We were honored to host a number of students from Millsaps College this month. Professor Kristen Golden’s Philosphy of Happiness class joined us at the beginning of the month for three volunteer sessions, where they were able to fill requests, organize our book donations, and pack books to send out. We closed out the month with the guys of the Kappa Alpha and Kappa Sigma fraternities (pictured above), who packed over 250 books at our book packing party!

Thanks to Holly for delivering books to the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. These books will help stock their prison library, allowing more incarcerated Mississippians to have access to a diverse selection of gently used, up-to-date books for FREE.

“It’s nice not feeling forgotten by the rest of the world.”

If you know someone who is incarcerated in the state of Mississippi and would like to subscribe to our new monthly service, tell them to write to us at P.O. Box 55586, Jackson, MS 39296. We’ll send them 3 books a month based on their reading preferences, so they don’t have to purchase stamps and paper to write to us every time they want to read. Big House Books wants no one to be forgotten.

September Wrap-Up

Thanks to volunteer groups from Parkway Hill United Methodist Church (pictured above), Millsaps College, and our Thursday book packing parties, we have been able to send 441 packages this month…that’s over 1,300 books to incarcerated people in Mississippi! Woohoo!

We raised over $200 in monetary donations on social media alone. Thanks to all of those who gave!

We were ecstatic to share that all of our book donations were finally shelved. However, that did not last long! Thanks to Lemuria Books and a local group of attorneys, were were able to add more fiction, nonfiction, and legal books to our collection.

Photo courtesy of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System.

Our Program Assistant, Miranda Vaughn, was invited to speak at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System for a Banned Books Week program. We appreciate all of our new supporters who attended this presentation. Thanks to the library and to Friendly City Books for including us in your program.

Since the days are getting shorter, we are switching over to our Fall/Winter schedule. Beginning in October, our weekly book packing parties will be Sundays from 12-2 p.m. If you would like hold your own BPP on a different day, contact Miranda to schedule. miranda@bighousebooksms.org

Book Donation Reminder

We are grateful for all of the book donations that keep this organization running. However, we have limited space and a limited number of volunteers to sort through donations. Please be kind and only donate books within our guidelines, so our volunteers can remain focused on sending books instead of discarding items we can’t use.

If you have books to donate that meet the criteria above, you may drop them off on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. Contact Miranda (miranda@bighousebooksms.org) for more information, or to schedule another drop-off time.