Freeing Minds: 2,000 Libros

[Last updated: January 3, 2019]

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 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.

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 January 1, 2019, we have sent 3,000 books and 1,100 magazines to 24 organizations across the country, some with hundreds (and one with thousands) of children in their care.

We expect that by the end of this project, we will have spent several hundred dollars on shipping costs and other expenses. We are grateful to Bards Alley and all the individuals who have donated money. Donations can be made by going to our donation page and following 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:

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.