Librarian secretary Roseanne Andrade said: “The program is called ‘Fathers as Readers”. “It’s a partnership between the Penitentiary of New Mexico and the Santa Fe Public Library.”
Librarians help incarcerated fathers read to their children and become a part of their lives, even when they can’t see them.
Joshua Perez is one such dad. His son is 3 years old.
“He’s really hyperactive because he’s just a kid but I’m trying to get him to read.”
James Woodward is another. His daughter is 10 years old.
“Now that she’s going into the chapter books, I feel that this is a good introduction.”
For weeks, they practiced recording their voices and critiquing their every word to send a very special Christmas present home.
“A lot of us are really trying to do good and be family-oriented,” Perez said. “That’s the good thing about shows like this.”
Each child will receive the book their father is holding, along with an audio recording of their father’s voice as he reads these stories.
“It’s a nice change to see this in place,” Woodward said. “Not everything is just rudimentary.”
That’s what drives change and being different keeps them going. Many of them were never avid readers growing up or before they joined. However, the show has directed them to become more than just good readers.
“I just want to improve myself so I can be a better person when I go out,” said Perez. “That’s really all I wanted to do.”
Perez and Woodward each spent about two years away from home.
“She loves basketball and I can’t wait to hit the hoop with her,” Woodward said.
Until then, these dads will continue to practice so that by Christmas, their kids can be close to them even if they’re far away.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/incarcerated-fathers-read-to-their-children-through-a-new-program/6339492/?cat=500 Respected fathers read to their children through a new program