Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is pleased to announce that 12,000 more donated books are being readied for deputies to hand out to local children.
Next Monday, May 20th, local students along with Sheriff's Office personnel will prepare the new books at the Fig Garden Library located at 3071 W. Bullard Ave.
Sheriff's personnel will arrive at the library at approximately 3:00pm. Once there, local school children will assist by inserting stickers, bookplates, and library materials in to each book. Afterwards, the books will be transported to the Sheriff substations in Clovis, Selma, and San Joaquin.
Sheriff Mims, along with the Fresno County Library, the Fresno County Office of Education, and Central Unified School District, started the Sheriff's Reading Posse as a way to improve literacy in Fresno County, which can result in reducing crime.
The program is simple. Patrol deputies carry the donated children's books in their patrol cars. As they come into contact with children in our communities, the books are distributed free of charge.
Members of the media are invited to attend. The best time will be at the library between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., while students prepare the books.
For further information on the Sheriff's Reading Posse, please visit the Sheriff's Office website at fresnosheriff.org.