By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Building a culture of literacy in Bakersfield is something Nick Belardes continues to strive to achieve. It's an uphill battle, but he said he isn't giving up.
Belardes is a local author, poet and artist who penned a heartfelt response to an article in Time Magazine reporting on a study that ranked Bakersfield as "the worst city in the U.S. for its overall reading culture."
Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Belardes talked about his article and where he sees Bakersfield in terms of literacy.
Bakersfield has missed out on culture transformations, specifically literary ones, he said.
The author has put together more than 200 workshops in Bakersfield to try to build a culture of literacy.
"Change can happen, but it will take time," he said.
He mentioned a lack of bookstores and said people give up easily when it comes to literature.