Sheriff's Office holding book drive for inmates

Clean out your bookshelves.The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office is hosting a book drive next week.

Posted: Oct 25, 2019 6:05 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—If you have old books lying around, we know where you can take them.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said people are always reaching out to his department and asking how to donate books.

He explained at the time, the sheriff's office didn't have the people or resources to have a book program for inmates. However, a staff member at the sheriff's office took the lead to make it happen. 

Goldsmith said this book drive is another way for his department to make a connection with the community.

Mostly, it's a way to do something positive and beneficial for inmates. 

"It's something to occupy their time in a positive matter and keep their mind working. Letting them grow, learn new things, using their imagination," he explained. "And depending on the book, maybe they can learn something from it to bring into their life to make their life better."

The book drive starts Monday and ends Friday, Nov. 1st. 

Books can be dropped off at the lobby of the sheriff's office during normal office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

If you would like to donate, here's what the sheriff's office is asking for:

-All books MUST be paperback. Anything else will not be accepted.

-Educational, religious, classics, nonfiction and fiction novels 

-Hate books will not be accepted

-And books with stories of violence or sexual content will not be accepted

Every book will be gone through thoroughly by staff before they are given to inmates.

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