Assemblyman Weisenberg Thanks ‘Reading Between the Lions’ Volunteers

Volunteer program connects seniors with children to inspire lifelong love of reading
July 5, 2012
Seated L-R: Esther Wayne, Judith Weitz, Fran Zimmerman, Hellen Raiten

Standing L-R: Laurie Levine, Angela Leshowitz, Joan Taurisano, Elsa Farbiarz,

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Diane Smith, Carol Hafer

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) recognized the volunteers of Beloved Community of Long Beach, who provide the community program “Reading Between the Lions” by hosting a luncheon in their honor on Friday, June 29.

“The Reading Between the Lions program is a wonderful experience for everyone involved,” Assemblyman Weisenberg said. “Seniors get the opportunity to spend time with children, while these kids are learning at an early age the joy that comes from opening a book.”

Reading Between the Lions is a volunteer program comprised of senior citizens who wish to share their passion for reading with preschoolers. The seniors assist with both group and one-on-one reading sessions at Long Beach Head Start, City of Long Beach Martin Luther King Program and the Temple Emanu-El.

“Our quality of life is enhanced by the many people who volunteer in our community,” Assemblyman Weisenberg said. “Reading Between the Lions gives seniors a forum to share their unique talents, skills and passion and enables them to enrich their own lives as they enrich the lives of others.”