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Too old for storytime? Join us for a book club!
We offer two monthly book clubs for children in grades 3 through 8. Registration is preferred but not required. Please call 617-376-2411 to ask about the upcoming meetings.
|The Night Owl Book Club - 3rd and 4th graders
Meets the second Monday of each month. 7:00 p.m.
Each month a new title is selected and made available at the Main Library Children's Room. Children read the book and then discuss it together. (This program does not meet June through September.)
|January:||Monday, 1/13, 7:00 p.m.
Book: Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck
|The Phoenix Book Club - 5th through 8th graders
Meets the second Tuesday of each month. 7:00 p.m.
Each month a new theme or genre is selected. Children choose their own books from a prepared list and share their thoughts on the book they read and the theme or genre. In the summer specific titles are discussed.
|January:||Tuesday, 1/14, 7:00 p.m.
Theme: Harris Burdick
In 1984 author Chris Van Allsburg published a very unusual book titled The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Instead of his usual picture book with a single story, he presented 14 illustrations, each from a different story. Each illustration had a different title and a single line from its story to go with it. But the stories were never written. The illustrations, titles and lines are all there is, leaving the reader to imagine the rest. In 2011 a collection of short stories based on the illustrations and written by well-known children's authors was released, titled The Chronicles of Harris Burdick. This month we'll all be reading The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, then choosing a single story from The Chronicles of Harris Burdick and coming up with our own story ideas from the enigmatic illustrations. Please grab a copy of each book!
|February:||Tuesday, 2/11, 7:00 p.m.
Theme: Award Winners
Each year the American Library Association gives out many different awards to authors and illustrators. The most well-known children's literature awards are the Newbery and Caldecott medals, but those aren't the only ones. This month we'll be reading books that have won the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Batchelder, Sibert, Schneider, and Belpré awards in the past several years. Pick an award winner and decide for yourself if you think it deserved to win.