Meet our new Program Assistant

We are pleased to introduce our new Program Assistant, Miranda Vaughn. Miranda has professional experience in libraries and archives. She has a Master of Library and Information Science degree and a graduate certificate in Archives and Special Collections from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has served in leadership positions with the Mississippi Federation of Women’s Clubs, through which she organized a book drive for Big House Books last summer. She is passionate about literacy, education, and community service. We are excited to have Miranda on the BHB team!

We would like to thank all of our donors and volunteers who have given of their time and finances over the last 8 years. It is because of your outreach efforts and generous donations that we are now able to bring on a paid staff member. We are so excited to see Big House Books continue to grow, and we hope you’ll stay with us on this journey!

We Are Hiring!

 Big House Books is hiring!
We are looking for an independent contractor to assist with the day-to-day activities of Big House Books. This position is 4-10 hours per week and is flexible. The pay is $15/hr. The position is hybrid– some tasks must be done on-site at our office in Midtown Jackson.

Contractor reports to the BHB Board of Directors. 

Responsibilities include hosting one volunteer session per week, various administrative duties, managing and scheduling volunteers, updating our social media, sending out email blasts, and maintaining a clean and orderly office space. 

Tools we use: Mail Chimp, WordPress, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

BHB does not discriminate based on gender identity/expression, race, disability status, criminal background, or education background. Anyone who is passionate about our mission is welcome to apply. Preference will be given to existing volunteers. 

To apply, please send us an email at Tell us about how you connect to our mission, your schedule, and what your goals are. 

Thank you for your interest! 

Accepted Titles

Our needs often change, but the following are books we can always use more of and are always accepting! They must be clean and paperback only.

African History 

African American History

Native American

Adult Coloring Books


Bibles (especially large print)

Bible Dictionaries




Graphic Novels 

Manga / Anime

Urban Fiction 

Work Out / Fitness 

Current year daily/weekly/monthly planners

Business / Finance / Wealth Building 

Biography – celebrities, famous Black figures 

Dean Koontz

Terri Blackstock

Puzzle Books (Soduko, word search, crosswords) 



Fantasy Novels (we get lots of requests for the Game of Thrones series)

Real Estate 

Skills and Trade Books (plumbing, HVAC, Carpentry Home Building,  etc , anything DIY) 

Cars / Motorcycles 


Art – how to draw, etc (not books of art) 

Crafts – how to

Foreign Language

Dan Brown

Greg Isles

James Patterson

GED study guides

Self-Help Legal

Law Dictionaries

Sketch Books

Self-Publishing Music and Books

Wicca / Pagan Mythology 

Occult / New Age

Stephen King


Paranormal / Conspiracy 


Ancient history/ancient civilizations/ religions.

Westerns, all the popular authors:

V C Andrews

Nora Roberts

Anne Rice

Karen Kingsbury

CDL study guides


Current Needs

Please check our wishlist

You can also support inmates by volunteering (safely, separately) and donating (money or books)

We have a lot of requests for:
• Adult coloring books
• Fantasy novels
• Greg Isles
• Danielle Steele
• James Patterson
• Book on Wicca, spells, and astrology
• Bibles and study bibles
• Horror/paranormal
• Techincal books (heavy machinery, farming, trade skills)
• Manga
• Astrology
• True Crime
• Composition books

We’re stoked that volunteering at BHB is part of the curriculum for a “Philosophy of Happiness” class at Millsaps College this semester.

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.