Last year was another record year for the number of books we gave away - the grand total by 31 December was 13,500 as against 10,053 the previous year. This was partly due to the fact that we broadened our outreach to include several prisons: Low Newton, Askham Grange and Leeds. So far this year we have added Doncaster, Holme House, Kirklevington and Wetherby with Deerbolt expected soon.
In addition we have started to supply custody suites around the North-East with books. This is proving a success - some good stories can be found on our blog.
We have also been able to donate children’s books in a number of languages to the RVI in Newcastle.
By the first week of June we have already given away over 7,500 books, so if things continue this way, it will be another record year..
Our plans for the next few months are to continue finding groups around Newcastle and Gateshead and further afield who have not yet heard about our existence and to begin working more closely with prisons to see if we can create acclimatisation projects for people leaving prison.
It has always been our wish to have many small branches of Borderline Books around the country and if some of these could be run by ex–offenders, it would seem to be to the advantage of everyone.
Our annual report for 2016 is now available. Please let us know if you would like to receive a copy.
In the meantime, the Kittiwakes are nesting on the Tyne Bridge.