Teens find thrill in reading
Collaboration between the Marin County Free Library and the Friends of the Marin County Free Library has brought a great gift to the Juvenile Detention facility in Marin. Did you know that we have a mini library in the classroom at the Jeannette Prandi School in the facility? Teens who have never read for enjoyment cannot get enough of their favorite authors. I have had the honor to join teen librarian, Carla Avitable, in visiting the classroom during the year. Thanks to the Friends we are able to bring new books and used books from the Bookplace to fill the bookshelves.
Students are given the responsibility of maintaining the library and take great pride in their work. Carla hosts a book review discussion with the teens and then they visit a popup new book area and they pick some new reads. I am amazed how well read they are and are so on top of authors they love. I spoke with a few students last week and hoped they would continue to read when their time was over at the facility. They tend not to read when they are home, what a shame!
Their reading has brought them so much, a whole new world, new language, and a peaceful respite from their troubles.Thank-you to the library and the Friends for this great gift to our youth. I hope they continue this new joy in their lives.