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Non-profit, volunteer-powered and collectively run bookstore and community space that opened in February of 2002. Boxcar exists to promote reading, self-education, social equality, and social welfare through increased accessibility to literature and workshops- and the promotion of a community to support these projects. We are also home to the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, a non-profit group that sends free books to incarcerated folks throughout the United States to promote self-education and and aid in the rehabilitation process.

Located at 408 E. 6th St., Bloomington, IN 47408

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Postcards & stickers featuring animals on bicycles drawn by one-time local artist, Laura Grover benefit the Bloomington Community Bike Project, a volunteer-run, cooperatively operated free repair workspace & bike recyclery.  100% of each $1 sticker or postcard sale will help sustain the bike project’s efforts to promote sustainable transportation, bike education, & access.  

At the Bloomington Community Bike Project there is loads to do. We can help you fix your bike, we can sell you one of our refurbished beauties, or you can volunteer 3 hours of labor and then build your own bike FOR FREE!

Or, you are welcome to work on your own bike with our specialty tools. We also sell parts at discounted rates!!

Open hours at 7th & Madison:

  • Mondays 6-9pm
  • Wednesdays 6-9pm
  • Saturdays 12-3pm

Open hours at Grimes & Patterson (on the B-line trail):

  • Sundays 3-6pm
— 1 day ago

#bloomington community bike project  #bike project  #bike cooperative  #build-a-bike  #laura grover  #bloomington  #indiana 
MIDWEST PAGES TO PRISONERS GRAND RE-OPENING & OPEN HOUSE! FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12th, 6-10PM!Tour the facility and see the services MWPP offers
Meet volunteers and staff
- refreshments provided- live special request book drive- Information on volunteering- Prison data Jeopardy
Tables for Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity and Boxcar Books on site
The Midwest Pages to Prisoners project has settled back in with long-time partner Boxcar Books and Community Center.  To celebrate the move and parade the new setup, an open house has been called for Friday September 12 from 6-10pm.  This will be a great time to stroll through, get a feel for the space, and see what services Pages offers to prisoners and their friends & families.  Volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions and connect with those who want to help out the project and use the space.  Prison Data Jeopardy and a live special request drive, as well as other groups’ info tables, will be on display throughout the night. Refreshments will be provided.
Since 1995, The Midwest Pages to Prisoners (MWPP) project has sent over 100,000 packages of books at no charge to prisoners in several states. The project promotes critical thinking, self-development, recreation, and communication across prison walls.  Three programs specific to Indiana prisoners, Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity, The Indiana Prisoner Writing Project, and The MWPP Zine Distro, also operate out of the MWPP space in Boxcar.

MIDWEST PAGES TO PRISONERS GRAND RE-OPENING & OPEN HOUSE! FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12th, 6-10PM!

Tour the facility and see the services MWPP offers

Meet volunteers and staff

- refreshments provided
- live special request book drive
- Information on volunteering
- Prison data Jeopardy

Tables for Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity and Boxcar Books on site

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners project has settled back in with long-time partner Boxcar Books and Community Center.  To celebrate the move and parade the new setup, an open house has been called for Friday September 12 from 6-10pm.  This will be a great time to stroll through, get a feel for the space, and see what services Pages offers to prisoners and their friends & families.  Volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer any questions and connect with those who want to help out the project and use the space.  Prison Data Jeopardy and a live special request drive, as well as other groups’ info tables, will be on display throughout the night. Refreshments will be provided.

Since 1995, The Midwest Pages to Prisoners (MWPP) project has sent over 100,000 packages of books at no charge to prisoners in several states. The project promotes critical thinking, self-development, recreation, and communication across prison walls.  Three programs specific to Indiana prisoners, Indiana Queer Prisoner Solidarity, The Indiana Prisoner Writing Project, and The MWPP Zine Distro, also operate out of the MWPP space in Boxcar.

— 1 day ago with 3 notes

#midwest pages to prisoners  #mwpp  #boxcar books 

Hoax Zine issues 6-9 are now restocked at Boxcar Books!  Issue 10 is anticipated in October.

Hoax is a US bi-annual queer feminist compilation zine that aims to create a space to analyze the feminisms of our everyday lives. People of all lived experiences are encouraged to submit! Contributors do not have to identify with a particular gender and/or as feminists in order to submit work to Hoax. We ask that all potential collaborators, regardless of political and/or personal self-identities, actively agree to Hoax’s Core Values and Shared Goals before working on the project.

— 6 days ago with 4 notes

#hoax zine  #queer zine  #feminist zine  #boxcar books  #bloomington  #indiana 
The newest issue of the Prison Action News (PAN) newsletter on prisoner resistance has been released.   PAN is a biannual newsletter that features writings and news bulletins written by prisoners along with prisoner artwork.
The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is mailing copies of the newsletter to prisoners who have subscribed in the Midwest.  If you’d like to sponsor or help cover the cost of postage to mail these out, please be in touch:
mwpp@pagestoprisoners.org
 Internet viewing edition.
Print edition.  Please print & distribute widely.

The newest issue of the Prison Action News (PAN) newsletter on prisoner resistance has been released.   PAN is a biannual newsletter that features writings and news bulletins written by prisoners along with prisoner artwork.

The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project is mailing copies of the newsletter to prisoners who have subscribed in the Midwest.  If you’d like to sponsor or help cover the cost of postage to mail these out, please be in touch:

mwpp@pagestoprisoners.org

Internet viewing edition.

Print edition.  Please print & distribute widely.

— 1 week ago with 1 note

#Prison Action News  #prisoner resistance  #prison rebels  #prisoner news  #prison resistance  #news from the inside 

RIP, Michael Brown.  Solidarity with Ferguson Rebels.

"Stop the execution of black people by white racists.  Fuck institutional racism.  Fuck the police."

— 1 week ago with 11 notes

#Solidarity with Ferguson  #Ferguson  #Michael Brown 
Check out Rififi for a report back from the march in Bloomington in solidarity with folks in Ferguson. 
http://rififibloomington.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/demo-in-solidarity-with-the-ferguson-rebels/

Check out Rififi for a report back from the march in Bloomington in solidarity with folks in Ferguson. 

http://rififibloomington.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/demo-in-solidarity-with-the-ferguson-rebels/

— 2 weeks ago

Stop in to check out our new titles, including works by local authors.
While you’re here, ask about becoming a friend of Boxcar Books - Meaning, awesome discounts for life!

Stop in to check out our new titles, including works by local authors.

While you’re here, ask about becoming a friend of Boxcar Books - Meaning, awesome discounts for life!

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes

It’s the first of the month, which means new sections of the month for the Friends of Boxcar Program! You get 20% off any of the above listed sections, and 10% off of all other books or merchandise.

Our 2014 Summer Friend Drive is almost half way over, and we’ve lost some steam from our fiery beginning!  You can become a FOB for just $10, and it’s good for life.  When you become a Friend of Boxcar, not only are you receiving benefits but you are also donating to help support our local, volunteer run bookstore and social justice space. Tell your friends, and ask the volunteer on duty how you can sign up!  You also get a free sticker or patch as a complimentary gift! 

— 2 months ago with 1 note

#bloomington  #social justice  #friend of boxcar  #indiana  #local  #volunteer  #boxcar books  #summer  #friend drive