Adult literacy action conducting jail book cart program

December 19, 2003

Adult Literacy Action (ALA) of Penn State Beaver has undertaken a new project designed to provide books for inmates at the Beaver County Jail. The Jail Book Cart Program has gathered almost 6,000 paperback books since August. Nancy Woods, director of ALA, said most of the housing units in the jail receive a weekly visit from the book carts, each of which, starting in January, will hold more than two hundred books. Carts are re-stocked twice a week by inmates who are students in ALA's GED program at the jail. Individuals, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, corporations, and organizations throughout the community have contributed books to the program and more are needed. Woods said that only paperbacks books are accepted. Books needed include adventure and mystery novels, biographies, and non-fiction. For more information or to donate books to the program, contact Woods at or call the ALA office at (724) 773-7810.

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