Webster’s Bookstore Café will be hosting a book drive for Books Through Bars between Sunday, January 13th 2019 through Saturday, January 26th 2019. Book donations can be dropped off during normal business hours.

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Books Through Bars is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, distributing free books and educational materials to prison populations in seven states. The books we send—often to people who otherwise have little to no access to them—foster critical personal growth and successful community re-integration.

For more information about Books Through Bars, please visit our website

Books through Bars Always Needs:

For all categories, paperbacks are greatly preferred as many prisons don’t accept hardback books.

·         Paperback dictionaries (Soft cover dictionaries are our #1 request and we send them out as quickly as we get them!)

·         Instructional art (how to draw, paint)

·         Tattoo art

·         African-American studies and radical history

·         Puerto Rican history

·         Urban Fiction (e.g. Teri Woods, Sister Souljah, Eric Jerome Dickey)

·         Small business and Real Estate

·         Trade skills (HVAC, plumbing, etc.)

·         Islam

·         Wicca

·         Puzzle books

·         Erotica

·         True crime

Please visit our website to view the Amazon Wish List for some specific titles


Books Through Bars Doesn’t Need:

·         Hardback fiction

·         Out-of-date texts or reference books

·         Any books that are very old or in poor condition


Webster's was featured in an article on Expedia Travel as to what makes State College, PA the top 24th best destination in the country!!

Left Top Via Yelp/Marcus C.
Left Bottom Via Yelp/Brenda C.
Right Via Shutterstock

A college town with a school as prestigious as Penn State naturally has a lot going on, whether you find yourself cheering on the Nittany Lions, lounging on Old Main Lawn, or unwinding at the local watering holes. However, visitors quickly realize there’s far more to State College than school pride in Happy Valley.

The perks:

  • Beyond the books, discover serenity along the peaceful pathways at the Arboretum at Penn State. No matter the season, the floral arrangements are deliriously beautiful, from the Marsh Meadow Boardwalk to the Hosler Oak, the Arboretum’s first planted tree. Not everyone knows about this natural nook on campus, so enjoy the coveted experience in solitude.

  • Even if you’re not attending the university, you’ll find yourself wanting to hit the books as soon as you lock eyes with Webster’s Bookstore Cafe. With a collection of more than 80,000 used books and vinyl, it’s easy to lose yourself in this wonderful world of music, art, and fantasy. Cozy up with a cup of Three-Eyed Buddha coffee and some vegan grub, and check the community calendar for Poetry Open Mic, Argentine Tango, and literary events.