Phoenix Book Club - Civil Rights

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At the group's request, this month we tackled the tough (and huge) topic of civil rights.

Civil Rights

While we normally take a little break in the spring, reading poetry in April and picture book for big kids in May, this year the Phoenix Book Club members asked if we could do a much more serious topic: Civil rights. This topic had come up in our World War II discussion, so after giving the kids some time to decide if they really wanted to do two such heavy topics so close together, we dove in.

Granted, we only meet for one hour, once a month, so there was no possible way to really go as in-depth into the topic of civil rights as one would in a classroom, but we did our best to read a wide variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction. We read books set prior to the Civil War, during the Civil Rights movement, and everywhere in between all the way up to present day. The group asked a lot of good questions about the whys and hows of many of the subtopics involved. While we all decided that "enjoyed" wasn't truly the right word to describe how we felt about the books we read, we determined that "appreciated" was. Many of the kids attending the meeting left with more books on the topic and stated their intent to read more.

For June we're taking a respite from heavy topics and reading books from the Oversize collection in the Children's Room. These books are picture books or large format chapter books intended for older readers either due to length or reading level. Ask at the Children's Room desk for help finding them! Join us on June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Children's Room at the Main Library. Children who will be entering 5th grade in September 2017 are welcome to join us in June! Please call ahead so we know you're coming if you've never joined us before!

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