TAG, Teen Book Club, & Goodbyes

This is the last week for your teen to get their application into the library for our 2018-2019 Teen Advisory Group. They’ll meet new people, do great things for the library, and even earn most of their school volunteer hours. But, they can’t participate if they don’t submit an application, so make sure to drop by the library to pick one up. It’s a fun interview process (we promise), and they’ll make a real difference to our library.

We’re also getting books ready for our Teen Book Club, which begins again in September. This is always an amazing activity for teens aged 12 and up, who love to read. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month for snacks, book talk, and MUCH more. This will be our fourth year running, and we’re hoping to have a few new faces join us. Our book list for the 2018-2019 period is exciting, a little adventurous, and hopefully, exactly what everyone wants to read and discuss!

Sept. 26  THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

Oct. 31   (Horror Month) —  THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijakamp   OR….. BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman

Nov. 28  SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

Dec. 12    CHRISTMAS PARTY

Jan. 30  (Sci Fi Month) — ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis     OR…… THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Feb. 27  WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME by Josh Sundquist

Mar. 27  THE OUTSIDERS  by S.E. Hinton

Apr. 24  END OF YEAR PARTY

 

And this week marks the last day for our Summer Literacy Tutors. We’ll have a full breakdown of stats for this amazing program really soon, but for now, we’re getting ready to say goodbye to our tutors Molly and Gracey. We can’t wait until you’re back next summer!

 

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Things Discussed at a Teen Book Club Meeting

If you happen to be in the library on the last Wednesday of any month, around 4pm, you’ll likely see a herd of teens hanging out, waiting for book club to start. It’s not unusual to have teens in the library at all…but the sheer number converging on one room is often a bit of a surprise for some.

We regularly have about 13 – 15 teens who attend. Each month, we read a different book, then get together to talk about it (and other things), and eat snacks. Lots of snacks. It’s a fun session, and I always learn something–either about the world, about the teens, or the world they function in.

This month, we were discussing Tui T. Sutherland’s WINGS OF FIRE : THE DRAGONET PROPHECY, but oh, we discussed much more.

Some of the things we talked about during our meeting this week?

  • Elon Musk
  • Russia
  • Dragons (of course)
  • Manga rules
  • Iced Tea vs. other drinks
  • Mars colonization
  • The White House
  • DANTE’S INFERNO
  • Chips

All very important things to think about.

 

Cookbook Book Club

We’re still trying to get our mouths to say it without stumbling–our Cookbook Book Club. But regardless of the tricky name, the IDEA is easy as pie to remember! Find a cookbook based on our monthly theme, make a recipe, bring it to the book club meeting (along with the cookbook), and be prepared to eat (oh, and chat about the cookbook)!

This month’s theme is chocolate, because what could be better on Valentine’s Day than a whole evening of chocolate?? Hey, if you’re really cheap…er….stuck….bring along your sweetie and an extra recipe he/she can pass off as their own, and just enjoy the delights that will surely be contributed to the event!

We meet the second Wednesday of each month, at 6pm. So, Valentine’s Day it is this week. Give us a quick call to register….although I don’t think anyone will be turned away if they have something chocolatey to share. And while you’re here, you can pick up the list of themes coming up. Honestly, I don’t know why we didn’t think of this earlier. It’s turning into one of our most popular adult programs!

Bon appetit!

Cookbook Book Club!

Our new Cookbook Book Club starts tonight! It’s labeled as food, fun, and friends! Take out a cookbook (or use one you own), try out a few of the recipes, and bring something you made (along with the cookbook) to the meeting for everyone to try. You’ll have a chance to talk about the cookbook and why you liked it–or didn’t–and hear about other great new cookbooks. You’ll meet other foodies, maybe try some new foods, and hopefully leave here with a full stomach and lots of inspiration!

Give us a call to register. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

(Don’t worry if you haven’t had time to cook anything this time. We’ll have a few samples ready from our own experiments, and instructions for what to do next month. Just come out and meet everyone tonight!)

Teen Book Club

Our Nerd Herd, aka the Teen Book Club, is getting ready for a fun book-filled fall! We’ve got our choices picked, and we’re gearing up for lots of discussion, fun, and more.

If you have a reader who is at least 12 years old who might like to join, drop by the library before school starts to get on the list. It’s always a fun session, and our first meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 27, from 4-5:30pm.

Book Fairy

It all started with Emma Watson. She started leaving books from her feminist book club on the London Underground subway system for people to take home. A free book prompts discussion, and the actress thought it would be an interesting way to find a broader audience for her book club.

Now, Montreal has its own book fairy in Audree Archambault. She’s been leaving books in Montreal Metro stations in hopes that they’ll read the books, and then pay it forward by leaving the books for someone else. Archambault is a YouTuber and books lover, and for International Women’s Day this year, she received a box of books from publishers, each containing a book with a hand-written note from Emma Watson herself, to distribute for her project.

Each book that Archambault leaves contains a sticker explaining why it was left there and instructions on how to pass it on. You might even find her peering around a corner to see who takes her books–and it’s often a struggle for people to take something with them for free, even with the note.

You can read more about the project by clicking on the link here.

I’m sure most library users would appreciate finding a book that they could take home, regardless of where it was left. Would you participate?

One Book, Any Readers?

The concept of one community reading the same book and then talking about it has been around for quite some time. In fact, Lanark County libraries have taken part in the One Book, One Community initiative a few years in a row. Each library bought multiple copies of the same book, based on the theme for that year, and community members read, took part in book talks, author discussions, and fun activities. While it was super popular in some libraries, it didn’t do well in others. The reasons? We really have no idea.

Advertising can be part of the issue, and how community members get their news. Some populations might be more inclined to read everything in their local paper, while others rely on Facebook and other social media outlets. But it also depends on the age of the population that is likely to participate in library events such as this. It’s possible that some communities had a younger population attending adult library events, and maybe they weren’t ones who had a lot of time to participate in several events based on one book. Maybe in other communities, an older popular had more time, or loved book clubs. It’s difficult to say, but often, it comes down to people knowing about the program.

New York City recently tried a venture that stemmed from the Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment, and the popular website BuzzFeed. They called it “One Book, One New York”. Essentially, it was what libraries have been doing for decades. They advertised it as the largest book club in history.

Ironically, they tried to launch the same type of initiative two years earlier, but no one could agree on what book to read, so it was scrapped. This time, they allowed New Yorkers to vote on five selections, and they decided on AMERICANAH by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi.

So, did it work this time? Each burrough of New York City reported back with their results—how they advertised, what events they offered, and what they thought about the program. You can read the entire article here.

Overall, it was difficult to measure the success, because it depended upon the area and who you asked. Some places in NYC found it difficult to advertise and get the book to people because they didn’t have any small, local bookstores there anymore. Other places couldn’t keep the book on their shelves. Some people saw ads for the program, but didn’t make it to any events, and felt a little out of the loop, while others read the book with co-workers and were able to have their own discussions.

This sounds typical of community book clubs in general. You can’t have programs that will accommodate everyone all the time. All you can do is try. And try again. And try a third time. And if it still doesn’t fly, move on to a new program.