Book’Em is Restocking Pennsylvania’s Prison Libraries

Book’Em is Restocking Pennsylvania’s Prison Libraries

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Pittsburgh’s Book’Em was created in 2000 when its founder, Etta Cetera, decided to do something about the nearly non-existent educational opportunities that U.S. prisons afford their inmates. Under-stocked libraries and convoluted book request systems make it difficult for prisoners who are trying to self-educate. Cetera started Book’Em to increase prisoners’ access to books, and after years of overwhelming community support, Book’Em has served approximately 33,000 prisoners throughout the state of Pennsylvania.   image via Book’em   Whether prisoners read in order to improve their understanding of the world or simply just to pass time, books have always held a special …