“Melanie Larson is developing a project to provide new children’s books for prisoners and their
families at Soledad Prison. She is working with prison officials and a local high school teacher
who has been meeting with prisoners for the past four years.
“Here’s what one prisoner wrote recently:
When reading The Grapes of Wrath two years ago at Soledad Prison, one of the inmates,
referring to the Joad’s plight from the dustbowl, said, “You know, when I killed that man, I put
his entire family in an emotional desert for the rest of their lives. I can’t make up for it, but let
me at least try to make my life meaningful to others.”
“This is why we go inside the prison. Deep connection and possibility.
“Using children’s books expands this effort to include the families of prisoners.
If you’d like todonate a book or two please bring it/them to the church office and leave in the box on the
desk. Or, give Melanie a call.
“I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was
in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36)
Comment: Resurrection Catholic Community, the Catholic church in Aptos, sends a bus or two down to Soledad Prison each years so that children can visit their parents. Maybe some children’s books could also be on that bus? Sharing a book is a great way for a family to relate. Licensed Psychologist Cameron Jackson PSY14762
Quite an accomplishment for all the women and men who have been involved.
Back in 2009 — when this post was first written -there were Literary Parties. What’s going on is always changing — but always about books.
“These Literary Parties are a real blast! We choose a genre–mystery this month–everyone brings a book or two in that genre and we take turns waving the books around and saying why we like them. Then people usually have comments and conversation ensues until I bellow, “next.” We’ve done one every month since January–usually somewhere between a half-dozen and a dozen folk crammed into our back room. Quite fun.”
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