SouthWest UU Women

Past Conferences

Service Project

Inside Books Project

Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 160,000 people are incarcerated. Inside Books Project works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration. This year we’re asking our attendees to either bring books (see what is needed below), or plan to make a monetary donation (cash or check) that will be used for postage to mail the books to the prisoners. We will have a donation area during registration and the Saturday morning Session.

Books most in need:

  • Dictionaries (our most popular request!)
  • African American Studies
  • Pulp Fiction - Thrillers, Fantasy, Westerns, and Sci-Fi
  • Graphic Novels
  • Books in Spanish
  • Trade Books + How To Manuals - Plumbing, Woodwork, Electrical Repair, etc.
  • Science and Math Textbooks
  • ESL - English as a Second Language
  • Test Prep Books - GED/SAT and Similar
  • Black / African American Literature
  • Latino Studies (Esp. Mexican History)
  • Native American tribes (esp. Aztec and Mayan)
  • Games + Puzzles
  • Humor
  • Yoga + Fitness
  • Psychology and Philosophy
  • Writing + Grammar Resources

Books they do not need:

  • Hardcover fiction - these books are too heavy to mail
  • Blank journals / composition books - these have sadly been banned
  • Encyclopedias - these are too heavy to mail
  • Books with nudity - these are banned
  • Wire bound books - these are banned