SOURCE: Inside Books Project

October 18, 2013 09:00 ET

Inside Books Project Celebrates 15 Years of Service to Texas Prison Inmates

Local Nonprofit to Exhibit at Texas Book Festival October 26th-27th

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Oct 18, 2013) - Austin-based Inside Books Project (IBP) today announced it is celebrating its 15th anniversary and will highlight the occasion with an exhibit at the Texas Book Festival on Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th. Inside Books Project sends free books and educational materials to people in prison throughout Texas. Since its inception in 1998, the all-volunteer nonprofit organization has sent over a quarter million books to Texas inmates.

This year marks IBP's first appearance at the Texas Book Festival, which is a free event located at and surrounding the Texas Capitol. IBP volunteers at Exhibitor Tent 6, Booth 609 -- at the corner of 11th Street and Congress Avenue -- will be available from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day of the Festival to introduce the organization and its activities to festival attendees and speak about IBP's mission to send free books and educational materials to Texas inmates. Books that cannot be sent to inmates will be offered for sale to help raise funds for postage, the largest expense in the nonprofit's budget.

"We are thrilled to celebrate our 15th anniversary with fellow book lovers at the Texas Book Festival this year," said Scott O'Dierno, who has volunteered with the Inside Books Project for over a decade. "Every month we receive over a thousand requests for books from Texas inmates. So, as we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we are also planning ahead for our next 15 years of service."

IBP Open House Celebration & Volunteer Day
In addition to participating in the Texas Book Festival, Inside Books Project will host an open house celebration and volunteer day on Saturday Oct. 26th from 10:00am to 10:00pm. It is great opportunity to learn more about the Inside Books Project, to send packages to inmates, and to celebrate with other guests and volunteers. IBP is located at 3121 E. 12th St. Austin, TX 78702.

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About Inside Books
Inside Books Project is an Austin-based, volunteer-run nonprofit that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 140,000 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.

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