Police, bookstore team up to create a new children’s library 

Children in the Mission can visit Garfield Park this week for a new safe space to learn and read, thanks to a joint effort between police and a local bookstore.

Borderlands Books was saved from closure in January, after local supporters came to the rescue with sponsorships.

The bookstore returned the favor to the Mission community over the last two months, with owner Alan Beatts asking customers to donate books to the soon-to-be opened Garfield Park Lending Library.

Police Chief Greg Suhr and Mission Police Station Capt. Daniel Perea are hosting a grand opening of the library Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Police organized the project at the busy park to create more opportunities for youth engagement.

Officer Grace Gatpandan said the library also offers children a chance to interact positively with uniformed police officers at the location.

The children’s library, located in a corner of the Garfield Park clubhouse at 25th Street and Treat Avenue, will have books to accommodate a range of interests and age groups, Gatpandan said.

Unlike a public library, no memberships are required and return dates are not an issue.

“Children are encouraged to return books once they are finished or to share them with their siblings or friends,” Gatpandan said in a statement.

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