April 22, 2013
SF BookPALS brought their skills and talents to Project Read, the adult literacy program of the San Francisco Public Library, on March 27, where they read 12 Angry Men (reader’s theater-style) to the group gathered for the monthly Wednesday Night Readers’ Club. BookPALS’ reading of the play had visible impact on the learners and tutors gathered there, who all agreed that hearing the play read aloud by actors brought a deeper level of comprehension to all listeners.
A lively discussion followed the reading, in which audience members examined key themes of the play, the perspectives of actor-readers. BookPALS, seek to motivate young readers and enhance literacy skills, but through opportunities such as this BookPALS can dig deeper into some of the larger social justice and philosophical issues that they wrestle with each time they step into a classroom.
Thank you to Brian Castagne of Project Read, who has invited BookPALS back year after year, and to Sheila Botein, who took all of the wonderful photographs. Last but not least, thank you to our inspiring and insightful “Angry Jurists:” Martin Ganapoler, Malcolm Grissom, Wendy King, Stuart Klitsner, George McRae, Stephen Pawley, Nancy Sans, Beulah Stanley, David Stein, and Elizabeth Whalley.