Join the Kids' Book Club!

We Make Reading Chapter Books Fun!
Snake art project 1
Snake art project 2

At the last book club meeting, we discussed Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. It was a great discussion because the book really delves into the sometimes blurry lines between right and wrong, about standing up for one's beliefs, and about the difficulties of moving, making new friends, and learning to trust. In addition to all of that, Hoot also takes on ecology, habitats and protecting endangered species!

The most important animals in Hoot are endangered burrowing owls, but lots of other animals unique to the Florida Everglades habitat were featured in the book as well. Among those animals were snakes, particularly cottonmouth water moccasins! At book club, we learned a new term, herpetology: the study of reptiles and amphibians. We also learned a little bit about the six different species of poisonous snakes that live in Florida.

We made the cool coiled snakes pictured above and, as is the Kids' Book Club custom, ate yummy pizza from our neighbors at Ledo's!

The Kids Book Club is geared toward kids ages 8 to 12, though any child or teen who can read a chapter book, listen to the audio book, or have the book read aloud to them by a grown-up is welcome to participate! We have some 6-year-olds and many 7-year-olds who regularly participate in book club. Sometimes young teens join us too!

To join the book club, all you need to do is come to the library and check out a copy of the book. The book can be read at home, during free time at school, at the library, or anywhere! After reading the book, just come to the book club meeting. There's no need to register in advance. There is no commitment to make, either -- you don't have to come to book club every month.

We generally try to allow for five weeks or more between book club meetings to make sure the kids have plenty of time to read the book. We know you're busy!

Book Club Meetings typically last from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and we always meet on Monday evenings. It's OK to come late or leave early if that's what you need to do in order to fit book club into your schedule. At the meetings, we have a large group book discussion based on a list of questions prepared in advance by the librarian.

I know that this is dinner time for many children - that's why we always provide pizza to our book club attendees! (It's also a reward for reading the month's book, of course). After we eat, we work on one or more activities, including art/craft activities, writing activities, trivia games, and more!

Here's what we're going to be reading over the next few months:

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 
Meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013; Check out books starting now.

"Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. . . and what Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and Charlie Bucket find is even wilder than any of the wild rumors they've heard!" (From book jacket)

This classic work of children's literature is beloved by many, and you will love it too! At only 155 pages, it is a quick read. There are two movie versions available. You can watch the movies at home, then compare and contrast with the book!

One Crazy SummerOne Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Meeting on Feb. 25, 2013; Check out books starting Jan. 15, 2013.

This National Book Award Finalist, Newberry Honor Book and winner of a Coretta Scott King award is set in 1968, a year of turmoil in America's history. One Crazy Summer has been chosen for Kids' Book Club in February to tie-in with Black History Month.

Summary: "In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panthers summer camp."