Book Clubs

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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. Our children's book clubs are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.

Cartoon owl in front of a moon with the words Night Owl Book Club  The Night Owl Book Club - 3rd and 4th graders
Meets the second Thursday of each month at 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:  Thursday, 1/12 - 7:00 p.m.
Title: Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
The Wayside School was supposed to be one story high, with 30 classrooms side by side; instead, it was built sideways, with 30 one-classroom stories. As befits such a strange school, these tales are a bit strange too. 
February: Thursday, 2/9 - 7:00 p.m.
Title: El Deafo by Cece Bell
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers!  
   
 Cartoon phoenix in front of a sun with the words Phoenix Book Club The Phoenix Book Club - 5th through 8th graders
Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 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, 1/10 - 7:00 p.m.
Theme: Mythology and Folklore
Myths and folklore are stories that have been around for hundreds or even thousands of years. Every culture in the world has tales about heroes and creatures and gods or spirits and those tales have been told and re-told over and over in various ways. This month, venture into the world of myth with books of traditional mythology from around the world and novels that take their inspiration from those stories. 
February: Tuesday, 2/14 - 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.  
   
  The Harry Potter Book Club - All Ages (Kids, teens, adults!)
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Wollaston Branch Library 
Join us as we read our way through the Harry Potter series, one book per month from January through July! Whether it's your first time reading the books or you have them all memorized, you're welcome to come talk about Harry Potter with us at the Wollaston Branch. 
January: 1/18 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 
February: 2/15 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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