The Remann Hall Book Club serves youth in the Remann Hall juvenile detention facility, providing a … Read More
WE BELIEVE THAT BOOKS CHANGE LIVES
The Remann Hall Book Club exists because we believe in the power of books to change lives for the better. The youth we served have made unfortunate choices - choices that have harmed themselves and others - yet they are still youth, and they can change their lives forever.
Many of them come to Remann Hall having never read a book in their lives. They leave having had conversations with some great minds. We know that can't help but change them. Their minds are open to new ideas and new possibilities. Thank you for your interest in our Book Club. Read on!
In the Readers’ Words
“You mean people are actually giving us these books?!! That makes me want to cry. Please tell them thank you.”
“I was homeless when I came here. I’ll be homeless when I leave. This book [The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian] showed me there is hope.”
Detention supervisor speaking of a 14-year-old girl: “There was a noticeable improvement in her behavior, so I asked her what had changed. She told me she was reading books and had learned she could make better choices."
“I never read a book in my life. When I picked up Sarah’s Key I couldn’t put it down. Now I love to read.”
“Thank you for a lovely few months of books and reading and helping me become a better person inside."
“I want to read books about philosophy. I want to know how life is supposed to be.”
“Thank you for all you do and helping me out for expanding my learning and knowledge, also for spending part of your day to help us read more and getting to know us.”
“Because of you I‘ve come to believe I’m capable of more than what everyone comes to think. I’ve learned and adapted a skill and will use it throughout my life.”
“You mean people are actually giving us these books?! That makes me want to cry. Please tell them thank you.”
“I have better dreams now.” - a response to hearing Yo Yo Ma play Gershwin as we discussed Gayle Forman’s If I Stay
“Dear Matthew [Lillard],
I just wanted to say I appreciate it how you took time out of your day just to come in here to see us criminals. It meant so much to me to see people who care just as you showed to us. One day I hope to be like you and share my story...”
Signed, "The one who hugged you back."
“I want to be a pediatrician. You mean to say if I read and study, I might be able to be a pediatrician?” - a girl’s response to reading about Anne Frank
“Oh, please don’t lose my places. These are the parts I never want to forget.”
“I don’t know how to do fancy letters but I do know how to thank you, and I thank you for all the books you have donated and the things you have done. I appreciate it.”
“I want you to know, I want to change my life.”
“Thank you so much to the community for donating these brand new books. They’re very helpful and are appreciated greatly.”
“Thank you for donating these books. I really enjoy them and benefit from them because reading is power.”
“Thanx so much for giving us these wonderful books. We really enjoy them. My favorite is The Fault in Our Stars. It made me cry 27 times. No joke. It’s a great book.”
“You have helped me realize that books are not for squares, that books help people cope with things like personal problems and stuff like that…I will keep on reading for you guys. You have helped me expand my brain and learn more through books. Thank you for coming every other week, it means a lot to me and all Alpha pod.”
“Thank you for showing me I have a passion for reading.”
How do you pronounce "Remann Hall"?
It's pronounced "Ray-men." The emphasis is on the first syllable. You can learn more about Remann Hall here).
How often does the Book Club meet?
It meets twice a month, with a new book for each meeting. We invite you to read along! )
Where do you get the books?
Our generous donors (learn more about that here) donate the money we need to purchase the books to give to the kids.
How much does each book cost?
That depends upon the cost of the book we're reading that session. It ranges from $400 to $450 or so. There can be 30 readers at a meeting, and that adds up! We are inexpressibly grateful to our donors, and thank them to the very last page.