Freeing Minds: 2,000 Libros

[Last updated: July 14, 2018]

On Independence Day, 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 new and gently-used Spanish-language and bilingual books for early to mid level readers.

Three online wish lists are available. DC-area residents who wish to support local businesses are encouraged to check out 2,000 Libros' Politics and Prose wish list or East City Bookshop wish list. (If ordering from East City's wish list, please write in the "Order Comments" section that books are for donation.) People who prefer to make purchases through Amazon can order books from an Amazon wish list.

Both new and gently-used books can be dropped off at the following stores in the DC area:

Detention centers have been contacted regarding donation policies, needs, and the numbers and ages of kids being held. As of July 14, 2018, six boxes of books have been sent to detention centers in two states, and we expect that number to grow over the next few days.

We expect that by the end of this project, we will have spent several hundred dollars on shipping costs. To donate funds to assist with this, go to our donation page and follow the instructions there. If paying by PayPal, please type something in the "Special Instructions" field to indicate that you intend to support 2,000 Libros. (Unspecified donations will cover the shipping costs of books going to a variety of detention centers and prisons, including those housing U.S. citizens.)

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

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.