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Help rebuild our jail library

The Thurston County Public Defense Office and the Thurston County Jail are collaborating on a project to replace the depleted accumulation of worn and torn books now stored in the jail library. A jail without a library is like a bookshelf without books!

From now through December 10, 2018 you can contribute to their goal of collecting 2000 books! Help create a real library at the jail!

You can drop books off at:

Last Word Books

111 Cherry St. NE
Olympia – specify jail pjt
Open M-S from 11 – 7

Thurston Co Public Defender

926 24th Way SW
Open M-F from 8 – 5

Only paperbacks, mainly as listed here:


  • Western
  • True-crime
  • Sci-fi/fantasyg
  • Graphic novels
  • Humor (like Dave Barry etc)
  • Suspense/mystery (think Grisham, Grafton, King, Coben)


  • Self-improvement
  • Literacy (adult readers)
  • Spanish (incl. dictionaries)
  • Creative & technical writing
  • Career development
  • History (Black, war, US, peoples’)
  • Fitness/stretching (no weights)
  • Drawing (no nude pictures)
  • World religions
  • Illustrated animal books

Also welcome:

  • Sudoku
  • Crossword
  • Coloring books to be distributed by case managers

There are 412 individuals in the Thurston County Jail, as of November 7, 2018. Throughout the year you can also donate books through Books to Prisoners, for details.

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