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Prisonbook reading in Ithaca, NY

Bookery II held a reading and discussion of the book, Prisons and Punishment: Reconsidering Global Penality on Saturday, March 3rd at 3:00 pm in the Dewitt Mall Atrium in Ithaca, NY.

The United Sates leads the world in mass incarceration. This book examines incarceration from a global perspective and provides tools for thinking critically about prisons and punishment. Book editors Professor Mechthild Nagel and Professor Seth Asumah, were joined by Andy Doyle, a representative for the Ithaca chapter of Amnesty International. This event was cosponsored by Books Thru Bars of Ithaca.

In conjunction with this event, Bookery II held a fundraiser to benefit the Books Thru Bars of Ithaca program from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm on March 3rd. Ten percent of the gross sales of all list price items sold during these hours was donated to Books Thru Bars of Ithaca.

About the Editors and Contributors:
Seth N. Asumah
Seth N. Asumah is Professor of Political Science and Chair of the African American Studies Department at State University of New York College at Cortland. His most recent books are Diversity, Multiculturalism and Social Justice (co-authored with Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, 2002), The Africana Human Conditions and Global Dimension (co-edited with Johnston-Anumonwo and John Marah, 2002).

Mechthild Nagel
Mechthild Nagel is Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Cortland and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for African Development, Cornell University. She is author of Masking the Abject: A Genealogy of Play (Lexington, 2002) and co-editor of Race, Class, and Community Identity (Humanities, 2000). Nagel is editor-in-chief of Wagadu: A Transnational Journal of Gender and Women’s Studies.

Bookery II is the city’s largest and oldest independently owned bookstore and is located in the DeWitt Mall, in the heart of downtown Ithaca. The friendly and knowledgeable staff invite you to enjoy the bright open space, fresh coffee, stylish music and a great selection of books, CDs, DVDs, maps, cards, and more. Bookery II is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 9:30 am to 6 pm. For more information email or call 273-5055. Bookery II, Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St.

Books Thru Bars of Ithaca was the recipient of a Benefit Concert at THE NINES, featuring: One Love Posse (House Band for Reggae Tuesdays at Castaways), E. Rich of Cypher:Dissident, and Moon Patrol (reggae-rock from the Utica/Rome area).

On Friday, November 24, 2006, there was a very successful Johnny Cash tribute at Castaways to benefit Books thru Bars of Ithaca. The musicians were Sean Kobuk, PJ & G Willey, Common Railers, Off the Wagon, Don Bazley Projectiles, Juge Greenspun, Missing Marcus, and Chicken Wire Parachute (members of Urban Horse Thieves).

When I arrived at BtB around 6 P.M. I was surprised to discover that more than half the letters had already been read, and practically a full box of packages of books left behind by Claire Horan and a friend{s} who came earlier in the day, and had previously volunteered in the past during Into The Streets Day October, 28th, 2006. Shortly after 6 P.M. Laura Tomczik, another volunteer from ITS on the 28th arrived. She worked dilligently answering letters until several more students from Cornell Traditions arrived, and Andy too. By that time all the remaining letters were answered within half an hour. So it was a very successful day for BtB.
- Jurden

On Saturday, October 28, 2006, from 12-3pm, as part of the Into the Streets annual volunteer event, Books Thru Bars of Ithaca sponsored volunteers from Into the Streets for a group mailing session.

10-31-06 On October 31st (Halloween), Mu Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Cornell University had an event called Trick-or-Treat for books, in which they collected books from students at Cornell and then donated them to Books Thru Bars of Ithaca.

Effective October 2, 2006, BOOKS THRU BARS OF ITHACA application for Federal income tax exempt status under section 50l (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code was "approved"! To paraphrase the approval letter, being classified as a public charity means that "contributions to BtB are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code. BtB is also qualified to receive tax deductible "bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code, etc.

Books Thru Bars of Ithaca, together with Ithaca College Summer Institute volunteers sponsored a prison book mailing parlor on Saturday, July 15, 2006, at Books thru Bars of Ithaca's space above Autumn Leaves Bookstore.

Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward coordinated a group of 15 - 20 IC students volunteering to help answer requests for books from prisoners. It was a great chance for BtB to catch up on backlogged letters. Thanks to all who came and helped.

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