March 23, 2014
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Community
Lynne Brosch and Rich Fischer, Friends from the South Lake Tahoe Public Library, have been hosting book groups on Monday nights with the teens who are incarcerated in the Juvenile Treatment Center in South Lake Tahoe.
This program began in September for the girls with the reading of The House on Mango Street. Next it was Age of Miracles. Some of the other books read this fall were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, So.B.It and Perilous. Lynne has been trying to provide a variety of genres to explore the girls’ interests.
The teens are mature readers and prefer more adult reading material. They say they want action and suspense while some seem to prefer fantasy and others realistic fiction. The biggest challenge has been to find used books for a reasonable price and also available in paperback. Books read in book group must be limited in violence, sexually explicit material, promotion of drug or alcohol abuse and vampire stories are also frowned upon. So you can see that finding just the right books that will avoid these topics and yet provide an interesting read for the teens can be difficult. Boys’ reading group led by Rich Fischer has just begun.
Now both Rich and Lynne are looking for books that will appeal to both the boys and the girls so the titles can be shared. The Friends of the Library has donated funds to the purchase of books for the reading group as well as many other titles requested for free reading along with dictionaries and other reference materials for the school classrooms in the center. The students are very appreciative of the volunteers’ time and the funds from the Friends who have helped to provide these programs.
If anyone wishes to make a donation of either books or financial assistance there is information at the library. Look for the Wishing Tree and choose a book title to donate or you are welcome to write a check or leave cash. South Lake Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.
If you have any questions, please write to Lynne Brosch email@example.com