Law students donate Children’s books, bookshelf to Lubbock County Courthouse

Law students donate Children’s books, bookshelf to Lubbock County Courthouse
A bookshelf of children's books donated to the Lubbock County Courthouse by students from the Texas Tech School of Law. (Ryan Crowe/KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Courtrooms are built to be intimidating places. The solemn walls are generally bare or may have certain laws posted to them. The Judge’s bench is raised so that they can preside over the room.

For children, courtrooms can be especially unnerving. But now, thanks to the generosity of first-year students at Texas Tech School of Law, children who find themselves in Lubbock County’s three courts at law will have something to help occupy their time.

Called simply “Bookshelves in Courtrooms” the program started in 2016 in Austin. The program encourages children to read a book, or even take it home with them from the courtroom.

The students learned of the idea from the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Judge Ann-Marie Carruth, herself a Texas Tech School of Law graduate, jumped at the chance to house the shelf in her courtroom’s hallway, but the shelf is open to any child visiting the court.

The program officially started in Lubbock on Monday afternoon with more than 100 books on the shelves. Anyone wishing to donate new or gently used books can contact the Lubbock County Courthouse or the Texas Tech School of Law and reference the Bookshelves in Courtrooms program.

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