Book Giving

Prison Libraries

United Kingdom

In August 2016 Splitting the Arrow was sent to all UK prisons.  The Kifubon team then follow up with each prison to check that the book arrived safely and how the book is used.  Where the book is used in a reading group, for example, feedback is requested.  Librarians are also offered promotional materials (see examples here) including bookmarks, posters and flyers.

Vancouver Island, Canada.       

Copies of ‘Splitting the Arrow’ (in specially-printed softback covers) were sent to the William Head Institution, a minimum-security correctional facility situated 25 miles outside of Victoria. 

Other copies were sent to a variety of institutions and individuals, including libraries, several transition homes and shelters for women, a victim’s service counsellor and two recently released female prisoners.

One notably touching gift was to a man who was in the throes of grief.

“Don and I gave a book to a friend who really needed to hear something good.  One of his best friends had just been killed and he was struggling … Then yesterday I heard from Don that this man told how much he had enjoyed the book. ‘His eyes lit up’ Don said. He had read it in one night”                                                                                           

Book at Bedtime

Website: https://bookatbedtime.org

Based in North Wales, Book at Bedtime is a charity providing a bookcase full of children’s books as well as ‘family change’ books to all family refuges in the UK.  Splitting the Arrow and The Pot with the Hole will be part of the Family Change set of books.  The Family Change books enable play workers to work one-to-one with the children to help them deal with their emotions and the difficult situations they are in.  

English Library in Gaza

Website: http://libraryforgaza.com

“The library aims at establishing an atmosphere that connects Gazans who have been under long-term siege with their intellectual counterparts all over the world in an attempt to build bridges between cultures and races.”

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