Kids, ages 8-12, who like to read will love the Kids Book Club.
Led by Stacy Digianantonio, the club meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. at the Main Library and each meeting includes a brief discussion of that month's book, a fun activity, and a snack.
And joining the club doesn't mean that you have to read each month's selection. Children are free to pick and choose which books they read and which meetings they attend.
How do you choose the selections?
I try to pick newer books the kids can relate to. I’ll sprinkle in a classic here and there as well. I look at books that have received starred reviews or are popular picks for book clubs for kids.
What can children expect when they attend one of your meetings?
We have a book discussion, an activity related to the book or play a game, snack, and a brief introduction to the next book. I make it so that kids who may not have had a chance to finish the book may still enjoy the meeting.
What would you say to a kid who is thinking about attending a meeting but isn’t sure if it’s for them?
Show up and see if you like it. There is no commitment to attend the next book club, so if it’s not for you, there is no obligation to attend the next one.
Do you have to attend every meeting, or is it OK to pick and choose which discussions you attend?
You do not need to attend every meeting. If a particular book isn’t for you, feel free to skip it and try the next one.
How long have you been moderating the book club?
I’ve been facilitating the children’s book club at Rodman Public Library since January of 2015.
Why do you enjoy facilitating your club?
I love seeing children excited to read. It makes me smile every time I hear a child say they loved the book and some of the kids find a new author or series to enjoy that they may not have found on their own. It’s very rewarding.