One of the things we're trying to help inspire in people is their creativity and a great resource is books on making crafts and books on how to begin as an artist.
A lot of prisons have Christian books made available through their chaplin, but different information regarding alternate religions is harder to find. We also have in our arsenal many Judeo-Christian texts. We're looking for religious texts outside of that realm.
Crosswords, Sudoku, Word Find, Riddles, Mazes...you name it. Help people keep their minds active and bubbling by keep it engaged. We are always, ALWAYS in need of these books. They are in dire demand and people just seem to love them very much.
Pretty much any history will have it's place. History books are a very often requested item. There is a high demand for the following however: Military History (Civil War, WW1, WW2), African-American, General American, Mexican, Celtic, Norse, African.
Anything car-related. That means not only information on how to repair, fix, or augment the insides and outsides of a vehicle; but car enthusiast magazines and books that explore the histories and facts about vehicles and their manufacturers. Pretty much anything dealing with cars, motorcycles and other automotive machines would be appreciated.
There is so much to learn in the ways of computer science, and it is so difficult to do that analogue inside of a cell. Nevertheless, inmates have a lot of time on their hands and an ambition to learn. There is definitely an incentive to pick up normal programming languages like C, C++, html-5, Python, Ruby on Rails.
PLEASE DO NOT GIVE US VERY OUTDATED BOOKS WITH IRRELEVANT LANGUAGES (we have a ton of those already :D)
But there is also an opportunity to learn things about Interface & Design.
Perhaps use some of these lists as guides:
Looking for some awesome Native American books to donate? Check out this list:
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We do offer a resource guide to help inmates find the legal assistance they need. Much of law is troubling and complex, however, and we can always use more copies of a great resource like Black's Law Dictionary or the Jailhouse Lawyer Handbook to send to dire inmates.
Be sure to check out our ongoing fundraiser to raise copies of Illegal to Legal: A step-by-step guide on how to start a business after being incarcerated: https://www.youcaring.com/book-em-617420