Your Story: Sheran Pearson

“the branches are convenient to us throughout the community”

A woman of strong faith, when Sheran Pearson’s son was sentenced to prison, she used the experience to form Young Black Males’ Advocates for Justice, whose mission is educating families of incarcerated young people. Soon after, when her home computer failed, Pearson stopped by the Central Library to use the public computers and discovered a wealth of resources and support. “We’ve used the Law Library to research the justice system and to help parents of all races understand how it is supposed to work for them,” Pearson says. “I’ve used the technology classes to learn PowerPoint. We can make copies and use meeting rooms free of charge —the branches are convenient to us throughout the community.” YBM volunteers are excited about additional services offered through the newly created ONEplace@KPL. YBM celebrated its five year anniversary in 2009 at the Central Library’s Van Deusen Room.