A Book of My Own Helps Launch Little Outdoor Libraries
The Justice Project’s Book of My Own and Literacy Project was recently invited to play a wonderful role in the “Little Outdoor Libraries” kick-off event hosted by the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.
“Little Outdoor Libraries” will provide low-income youth residing in public housing access to a wide variety of books.
The Justice Project and our Book of My Own project provided brand new books to each of the children in attendance. Each book had a bookplate where we wrote in the child’s name. I wish you could have see the smiles on the children’s faces as their eyes raced from cover to cover, giggling, and asking, “Can we really have a book for free?”
At the ribbon cutting Rob Fredericks, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Administrative Officer of the Housing Authority, Santa Barbara Supervisor Janet Wolf, Santa Barbara City Council members Gregg Hart and Cathy Murillo, and Paul Didier, President and CEO, United Way of Santa Barbara County presided over the festivities.
As Executive Director of The Justice Project I was also at the podium and as an author and a lover of books my heart swelled to the enthusiasm of parents and children at this wonderful event.
Our Book of My Own Project and our commitment to be an advocate of literacy is ongoing and has touched the lives of thousands of children. At The Justice Project we are trying to make a just difference in an unjust world. We don’t expect to finish the work but neither are we excused from it. And we are honored to be called to this good effort.
Executive Director, The Justice Project