By JENNIE MCKEON • DEC 21, 2018
For 18 years, Open Books has provided free books to Florida prisoners.
The volunteer-run organization operates on a small budget of donated books and sales from the Open Books bookstore. Earlier this week, the nonprofit received a $5,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council to purchase books.
“A portion of the grant will be used to purchase books that we’re normally low on,” said Johnny Ardis, volunteer coordinator for Open Books. “We get a lot of requests for books on African American studies, urban fiction, dictionaries and thesauruses."