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Project Connects BIPOC Leaders In Idaho With Kids Through Reading Series


Many of us know the joy of opening up a book with our child, niece or grandkid and exploring a new story with them. But sharing a good book with a young person can also be done a community-wide basis. And although we can’t gather in-person as easily today, virtual reading communities can help fill that void. 

That’s where “Turning Pages” comes in. It’s a new video project featuring Idaho adults who identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color. In the videos posted and availabe for free online, these community leaders share a little about themselves, and then proceed to read a children’s book they love and want to share with young people in our community. 

Idaho Matters was introduced to this project by two of the people helping to make it happen: Rev. Jenny Willison Hirst is an Associate Minister at Collister United Methodist Church and Jerrell Benitez is a videographer and the owner of 18tenmedia. They plan to produce new videos, adding to the library of stories over the spring.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!