Library urged for youth camps

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Many of these children have serious deficiencies in education, which contributes to and drives their delinquency. By providing county library service, the students will become familiar with the library and will understand how the library can benefit them.” At a recent open house at Camp Mendenhall in Lake Hughes, a forest town between Palmdale and Castaic, youths showed off essays and artwork they had created after reading “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Knabe also asked for county officials to identify funding to pay for a bookmobile that would shuttle between probation camps. Using their newly issued library cards, the youths would learn how to use the library in the bookmobile. A report on that proposal is expected in two months. The county Probation Department operates camps Scott and Scudder in Saugus, Mendenhall and the neighboring Camp Munz and the Challenger Memorial Youth Center detention complex in the Antelope Valley. In 1998, Knabe worked with the Probation Department to launch “Operation Read,” a program promoting literacy through the study of a book that coincided with a theatrical release. Some 5,000 youths in county detention camps – five of the facilities in the North County – will be given library cards and possibly access to a mobile library under a program approved this week to improve literacy. The goal is to interest youth offenders in reading and researching through the public libraries, David Sommers, an aide to county Supervisor Don Knabe, said Wednesday. Knabe hopes to expand his efforts to improve literacy by providing library cards and services to children who have gotten in trouble with the law. “It is essential that the students at our probation camps increase their literacy skills,” Knabe said Tuesday in urging the Board of Supervisors to approve the move. That program has since expanded to local elementary and high schools. This year, more than 15,000 students read and studied “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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