Nerd Herd Unites

fliesThe Nerd Herd (aka, our Teen Book Club) is meeting today to discuss this month’s read, LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding. No doubt many of you will be familiar with this book, but it is totally new to our teens. You might even be surprised to find out that one of our teens suggested this book for our list, and I think they got it right!

We won’t be taking turns talking about the book with a conch shell, but if you’re at the library today, you might hear some talk of pigs and islands. It’s bound to be a fun session!

We’ll also be working on some new books for our reading list, so if you have a teen (aged 12+) who might like to join our group, this would be a great week to get involved. We meet the last Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30, and we have LOTS of fun. This is a growing group, so be sure to give us a call if you have a teen who is interested. The Nerd Herd unites once again!

Teen Book Club

The Owl KeeperThe Nerd Herd has been reading Christine Brodien-Jones’ THE OWL KEEPER in June, and we’re getting ready to meet to discuss it.

Normally, we meet the last Wednesday of each month, but due to some holiday scheduling, this month we’re getting together on TUESDAY, June 30th from 4-5:30pm.If you have a teen who has read this and would like to come to the meeting, just come by the library at that time. We’re always happy to see new faces!

THE OWL KEEPER has been a fun read with a little bit of adventure, a futuristic/dystopian society, and poison…..lots of poison.

Have you read it?  What did you think?

Book Clubs Galore!

Reading back through an older post about book clubs popping up everywhere (a Lisa Simpson book club, and a Rory Gilmore Book Club are some recent favourites), it reminded me that book clubs are ever popular.

We have two book clubs at the library now–one for adults and one for teens, and maybe we’ll expand into more later on, but we always have people asking about where to find one. While there are several private book clubs in town, and also a few run at Read’s Book Shop, what if you just can’t get out and want to participate in a book club? After the demise of Oprah’s popular book club, it seems that people turned to the internet.

This year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gave himself a goal of reading a book every two weeks, and is posting about his own book list. You can follow along here…yes, it’s a Facebook page!

And now, if you’re looking for something to participate in, even Costco has a book club! Their first pick is ETTA AND OTTO AND RUSSEL AND JAMES by Emma Hooper. Along with the book, Costco is providing a quick set of tips for starting up your own book club, either based on the books they choose, or books of your choice. (They also thought ahead….you need chairs, and food, and other fun supplies for book clubs….which you can buy at Costco! Who knew?)

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma HooperCostco also has great summer reads, kids books and more on offer in their flyer called The Costco Connection. It’s a great way to get people reading and thinking about connecting, regardless of trying to tie in some purchases.

Do you do book clubs? Would you consider doing a book club based on recommendations by a store, or celebrity?

 

Nerd Herd In!

youngOur Teen Book Club–aka the Nerd Herd–is back at it this week. And wow…do we have a book to discuss this month! Take a look at that cover above….Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES is certainly a blockbuster book.

This is the first selection by a Nerd Herd member (instead of the Head Nerd Herder…yes, I know…this is getting to be a tongue twister), and it is a whopper of an exciting book. It’s a tragedy with a hopeful message, and I think we’ll have a great time discussing it. Lu’s book is full of adventure, special powers and secret societies. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thought.

We’ll be meeting on Wednesday from 4-5:30pm to disect the book, make some very special masks, and fill our bellies. Oh yes, and we’ll probably have a good laugh or two.

If you have a young reader at home aged 12+, we’re still taking on a few new members…and yes, we’ll be reading all summer. Why stop when there are so many great books to read?

Next up….a Harry Potter-esque adventure about special powers, secret societies and….wait….isn’t that what we’re reading this month? Yes, but this one has owls!

Head Nerd Herder, out.

Teen Book Club Meeting

PaperTowns2009_6AToday, we’re going to be discussing John Green’s PAPER TOWNS at our Teen Book Club meeting. If you have a teen that’s read the book and would like to attend, tell them to drop by. We’re meeting from 4-5:30pm, and there will be snacks. And crafts. And books. And black Santas. Don’t worry, no shaving cream, fish, or Vaseline will be involved today.

See everyone at 4 o’clock!

Teen Book Club. Are You In?

We had a really great Teen Book Club at the end of March! Everyone had read our book….Ranson Riggs’ MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, and they all had plenty to say about it.

peregrineIt was a creepy book, to say the least. I’m sure you can tell from the cover. And inside, are many old and equally creepy photos that the book revolves around. We decided to try taking our own photos to make us look like we were hovering, just like the book cover. Fun!

teenbook2(So, you need to use a little imagination here, but it was still fun.)

Since the book had elements of time travel, one of the members even made her own investigative-scientific evaluation of the probability of time travel within the book. It was fascinating to hear (and I think we all learned a few things about how the science behind it works.)

teenbookWe also discussed our plans for the upcoming book club meetings and picked a selection of books we want to read.

Our next Teen Book Club (open to members aged 12 and up) will be on Wednesday, April 29th from 4:00-5:30pm. This month, we’re reading John Green’s PAPER TOWNS. If you know someone who would like to take part, give us a call and we can get them a book to read. This is a fun club…and yes….we have snacks!