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Service Project for SEAALL 2020 in Jackson, MS:
Big House Books

Each year, the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) identifies opportunities for SEAALL members to serve the local community in the host city of our annual conference. This year, we want to raise awareness, money, and in-kind donations for Big House Books (BHB) in Jackson, Mississippi.

Please help us support Big House Books by making a donation via one of the methods mentioned below. If you would like to visit BHB for a tour, meet the team for drinks, etc. please check in at the table in the exhibit hall for more details from a BHB volunteer.

Please pass this information on to any friends or members you think might be interested in donating. Thank you so much for your support!

- 2019/2020 SEAALL Community Service Committee


“Big House Books doesn’t judge a book by its cover. We believe in literacy for all – including those in our correctional facilities. That’s why we’ve set out to provide books to Mississippians in prisons and juvenile detention centers. Every person has the right to educate themselves, and it’s our goal to make that a reality.”

Mission: Big House Books is a non-profit, volunteer organization that sends free books by request to prisoners in Mississippi correctional facilities in order to promote literacy and be a vehicle of change for prison reform.


Organizers Kelli Gann, Olivia Cote, and Katy Morgan, who are all public school teachers, and Shelby Parsons trace the origin of BHB to a local performance from Carrboro, N.C.-based troupe The Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army in December 2014. You can read more about how they got started here.

Ways to Donate

Please include “SEAALL” in notes section for monetary donations. This will help us track how much SEAALL members have contributed.

Monetary Donations: BHB accepts monetary donations either on their website or via their Swag Shop where you can donate to the postage fund. We will accept cash/check payments at the Annual Meeting as well. (Note: Monetary donations to BHB go towards postage costs. On average, sending inmates materials costs $4-6 per shipment.)

Wish Lists: BHB has a Wish List on AMAZON that contains packing supplies, office supplies, and book titles. They also have a Wish List on THRIFT BOOKS with a variety of title requests from inmates. Please be sure to check the “This is a gift” box on Amazon and put SEAALL in the message line so that we can track our donations.

Buy BHB Swag: BHB has a swag shop where you can purchase tanks, tees, and coffee mugs. The Community Service Committee will have a few shirts and coffee mugs to draw winners from anyone who has donated to BHB.

Misc. Wish List Items:

  • Paperback Books (no hardback please)
  • Books by People of Color
  • Composition Books
  • GED Manuals
  • Graphic Novels
  • Adult Coloring Books
  • Puzzle Books
  • Word Search Books
  • How to Draw Books
  • Laptop or tablet with wireless capability for packing parties – for web and printing use.
  • Toner cartridges for Brother HS-L2340DW

Items can be mailed to:

Big House Books

P.O. Box 55586

Jackson, MS 39296

Please include a note with your mailing to indicate your affiliation with SEAALL so that we may track our donations.

Ongoing Contributions

For individuals interested in making an ongoing contribution, AmazonSmile is a great resource to use. AmazonSmile is a website provided be Amazon. It offers the same products and prices; however, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of eligible products' purchase price to the charitable organization of your choosing. More information can be found here.

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