The What Are You Reading Book Club, sponsored by the Orange County Public Library, is a club for kids ages 9-12, says Youth Services librarian Kim Dunderdale.
When and where do you meet? We meet the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the Orange County Public Library. We order pizza and spend the first 15 minutes eating and sharing something about ourselves, like our favorite breakfast cereal or a favorite summer activity. As we are finishing our pizza, we review what makes a good book – characters, dialogue, plot, etc. The kids get to share a brief summary of the book they are reading. They are encouraged to pick one of the elements that makes a good book and then give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on the book based on that particular element. For instance, they may give their book a thumbs-up or thumbs-down based on the character development or lack of character development. The librarian then shares some favorite books focusing on a different genre each month.
Tell us about your club. “What are you reading?” is just what its name implies. It is a book club where kids come and talk about the books they are currently reading and are excited about sharing with other kids. We started the club two years ago in response to an informal survey the library did at a local middle school. When students were asked what programs they would like to see at the library, many requested a book club. We formed a club where kids could come to the library and talk about books in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. There is no required reading each month, so kids aren’t discouraged from coming if they didn’t read a particular book that month. All are welcome to come ready to share their latest book.
What are you reading now? Whatever we like to read!
What is your club’s favorite book? Some of our favorites are books from Erin Hunter’s “Warriors” series and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney.
What’s unique about your club? We conclude each meeting with a “Minute to Win It” challenge.
How to join: If you’re interested in joining, call the Youth Services Desk at 919-245-2532 to register.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Amulet Books, 224 pages