Never underestimate the value of a used bookstore near the library. Our local Half Price Books has been the motherlode for paperback prospectors on the Jails Staff.
The great thing about this source is the minds behind the boxes. Store staff is well-trained to spot books of value or interest for the store. After many years of ringing up our purchases, the staff has developed expertise about our collection and is able to select appropriate donations.
Worth their Weight in....
Such expeditions are worthwhile, as you see from the pictures above. The boxes filled our van to capacity. We now have a rich vein to mine when the gold disappears from shelves inside "The Fort." (These days, our paperback supply is more stable than gold in the U.S. Treasury.)
Our shelf space is limited so we need outside storage. (Let's call this "offshore" area, Dubai, though we're not raking in untaxed billions by keeping our books outdoors!) Paperbacks get damaged if they bake too long under a hot California sun.
Of course, a little sign is required to distinguish our storage area from the general donation area. Ten-ton deposits of musty "Condensed Books" or slick computer manuals don't match our "user needs."
Please mail Donations to JAILS - 2450 Stevenson Blvd. Fremont CA 94538. This Jails Service is brought to you by Marta, Raul, Jennifer, Dan, Angela, Joan, Patricia, Gina, Lisa, Sherryl and the fine folks at Inmate Services! Thanks to Friends of Jails: Karmann, Don, Steve, Vidya, Susan, Mira, Donna, Carolyn, Larry, Zack, Amy, Alice, Monica, Lyn, Julie, Gary and Richard.