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.

 Yellow circle with a picture of a chickadee on it, over the words Chickadees Book Club NEW! The Chickadees Book Club - 1st and 2nd graders - Registration REQUIRED
Meets weekly on Monday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 - Please check the schedule below for upcoming meetings 
This group works a little differently than our other book groups - It's a bit of a cross between a book group and a storytime. The Chickadees will peet in five week sessions on Monday evenings in the Main Library children's room. During our first session we will get used to the idea of reading and discussing stories by reading a different story each week and discussing it. As the year goes on, we'll tackle longer books that will take the whole five weeks to read and discuss. Registration is required for this program. Registration for the fall session begins on October 31st at 9:00 a.m. Register online, by phone at 617-376-2411, or in person in the Main Library children's room. If you have any questions, please contact the children's room and ask for Mrs. Miller.
  • Winter Full Session: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5
    Registration starts 1/16 at 9:00 a.m. - Call 617-376-2411 or register online.
  • Spring Full Session: 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30
    Registration starts 3/13 at 9:00 a.m. - Call 617-376-2411 or register online.
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.)
March: Thursday, 3/8 - 7:00 p.m.
Title: Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
Greg Kenton has two obsessions -- making money and his long-standing competition with his annoying neighbor, Maura Shaw. So when Greg discovers that Maura is cutting into his booming Chunky Comics business with her own original illustrated minibooks, he's ready to declare war.The problem is, Greg has to admit that Maura's books are good, and soon the longtime enemies become unlikely business partners. But their budding partnership is threatened when the principal bans the sale of their comics in school. Suddenly, the two former rivals find themselves united against an adversary tougher than they ever were to each other. 
April: Thursday, 4/12 - 7:00 p.m.
Title: The Inventors of LEGO Toysby Erin HagarEveryone has played with LEGO® toys, but not many people know who is behind this awesome invention. This fun and engaging book tells the story of how a Danish carpenter and his family turned a desperate situation into the most popular toy in history. 
 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.
March: Tuesday, 2/13 - 7:00 p.m.
Theme: Historical Fiction
Cast your net wide and see where (and when) you end up! This month we're reading historical fiction from around the globe and throughout history. Visit the 1960s in the United States and read about the Civil Rights movement, head to China during the Tang Dynasty and travel the Silk Road, or visit Pompeii - just before the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Whatever and whenever you read about, come tell us about it in March!
April: Tuesday, 4/17 - 7:00 p.m.
Theme: Books & Movies
You know how everyone always says the book is better than the movie based on it? Let's put that to the test! This month we're not just reading, we're watching. Find a movie based on a children's book - read the book, then watch the movie. Consider what might have been hard to film, what changes were made, whether the movie made you understand the book better or not. Come tell us what you think in April!

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