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What to Donate for Correctional Services
At Correctional Services we find the reading interests of inmates reflect those of patrons in our branch libraries. The following is a breakdown of some of the genres, titles, and authors we need most for our patrons at Rikers Island.
STOP! Please read the following list carefully. Although we greatly appreciate your generosity, we can only accept what is explicitly listed below.
Paperback books for which we have a need:
Popular Fiction (New titles only please: 2011+)
James Patterson, Lee Child, Dan Brown, Vince Flynn, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman, John Sanford, Stuart Woods, Janet Ivanovich, Brad Thor, Iris Johansen, Ken Follett, Lisa Jackson
Urban Lit (Authors listed here only please)
Ashley & JaQuavis, Wahida Clark, Deja King, Nikki Turner, Zane, Noire, Teri Woods, Donald Goines, Miasha, Miranda Parker, K'won
Fantasy Series Books (Listed here only please, 2010+)
Wheel of Time series, Games of Thrones series, Stephen King (Dark Tower Series & Witch Wizard Series), Beautiful Creatures Series, all R.A. Salvatore Series
Current GED workbooks, 2013 computer books, 2010 Microsoft Office, 2013 World Almanacs, E-Z Series (Math, Geometry, Algebra)
Other subjects/genres of interest:
- Graphic Novels & comic books
- Black interest: biography/history/black power movement
- Body building/Weight training
- Baby names
- Black Panthers
- Dream Interpretation/Astrology/Tarot/Occult
- Hip-Hop biography/history/business
- Biographies: Sports/Music
- Conspiracy Theories: Illuminati/New World Order/UFO
- Automotive industry & repair
- Islamic spiritual & historical
- Popular magazines from 2013-2014
Items not needed at this time:
Any hardcover books; Romance novels; Classics printed before 2010; Computer/tech books published before 2012; old books that are fragile, yellow, etc.; & any books not listed above.
Remember to send only paperback books.
*NOTE: We know that old books are still pure gold to many of us. However, we encourage donors to send us newer books in great shape. This ensures that they will be attractive and interesting on our book carts and shelves, especially to those who are new or hesitant readers.
If you're books and magazine match our needs, we accept donations through the mail or in person at the Mid Manhattan Library.
Please send books directly to:
attn: Sarah Ball
445 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
With further questions about donating or to arrange a drop-off, we are best reached by email. Please email Sarah Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212.592.7553