San Bernadino Detention and Assessment Center
One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children. —Carl Sagan
Reading is a blessing. There is no substitute for the inspiration and knowledge that literature can offer. I see it as a form of communication, a way for an individual to convey their thoughts, lives, and imagination from one person to another. Unlike a conversation, books have the power to transcend space and time. They can reach people all across the world at the reader’s convenience. Books can be read countless generations later, even after the author has passed. No matter what shape or form literature takes, it is a gift.
Last Friday was an absolute blessing for me. To visit San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center and share my passion for reading and writing with the youth was a touching experience.
The young men had the opportunity to participate as well, reading poems, stories, and passages from novels. I enjoyed hearing classics like Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat and watching other visitors put such enthusiasm in their speeches and storytelling. At the end of the day, it was a treat to see the fascination that sparked from everyone’s love of literature and the power of knowledge it brings that bridges the community.
I recommend that anyone who is willing, and has the opportunity to share in this gift, do so.
Reading is knowledge. And knowledge is power.
Jane Guttman, the amazing librarian and role model who organized the whole event!
Thanks to all of the staff of the probation department and volunteer readers who decided to take time out of their busy schedules to aid in enriching the lives of our youth with literature. Among the many volunteers were the library staff, the District Attorney, the Mayor of San Bernadino City, and many, many, others!