We would like to take a moment to welcome everybody to the start of the 2017 Fall Quarter. We at Books Beyond Bars are excited to see what type of growth and development this school year brings. For those of you who may not know, Books Beyond Bars is a collective of students, alumni and faculty that derived from the UCLA School of Library and Information Sciences. Our mission is to bring books to the youth that are currently living at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Detention Center in Sylmar California and offer a positive escape from the tolls of a detention center.
As of 2014 the Nidorf Juvenile Center housed approximately 250 children aged 12-17 and consisting of both boys and girls. During our visits we can only distribute books to a small portion of this population, however, it is our hope that we will reach the majority of the youths throughout the year. As Information Sciences and Library students/professionals it is our responsibility to reach out to portions of the community that do not have access to reading materials. Our role is a small drop in the ocean but a drop nonetheless.
Volunteering comes in many different shapes and sizes. You can be one of our ambassadors and visit the Nidorf facilities doing book-talks and distributing books. Or you can help by prepping books and booklists for future visits as well as anything in-between. Any and all help is much appreciated!! If you would like to volunteer please see the links below and keep up with the blog/social media to find out about our upcoming meetings. Once again welcome, and we look forward to meeting all of you shortly.
-BOOKS BEYOND BARS
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