Freeing Minds: 2,000 Libros

[Last updated: April 30, 2020]

On Independence Day 2018, with freedom very much on the mind, we announced our support of 2,000 Libros, a project to free the minds of the country's youngest prisoners: immigrant children in detention centers.

The project is seeking Spanish-language and bilingual books for early to mid level readers. Books can be purchased via an Amazon wish list.

Detention centers have been contacted regarding donation policies, needs, and the numbers and ages of kids being held. The first batch of books was mailed to detention centers on July 14, 2018, and many additional batches have been mailed since then. As of Febrary 17, 2020, we have distributed 6,106 books and 1,510 magazines to 25 organizations across the country. Some of these organizations had hundreds (and one had thousands) of children in their care.

Shipping thousands of books around the country entails considerable postage costs. We are grateful to Bards Alley and all the individuals who have donated money. Please note that in early 2020, DC Books to Prisons will be transitioning from one fiscal sponsor to another, and there will be a period during which we cannot accept monetary donations. We anticipate this period being brief.

For more information on 2,000 Libros, please see the project's Facebook page or any of these articles:

We would like to thank the following stores, all of which held book drives for us in 2018:

DC Books to Prisons will continue to focus on serving adults in state and federal prisons, while supporting this important initiative to serve our nation's youngest prisoners.