(Guest post by Scott Forsythe:)
When most people think of libraries, they think of a place to go to check out books. But there are a ton of different kinds of programs for teens, from game nights to drawing groups, as well as several great book clubs like First Fridays, Books and Bagels, and This Book Club Needs No Name.
This Book Club Needs No Name doesn’t require you to read an assigned book. You’re welcome to join as long as you’ve read a book of some sort. Even better, the discussion isn’t completely about books, so the topic can change to whatever is interesting. We usually discuss almost every topic imaginable, from which super power you’d like to have to what video games and movies are coming out soon.
This Book Club Needs No Name is also going to have a special meeting on Thursday, March 14 beginning at 7:00pm. Authors will be visiting the book club! Laurie Gray, author of Summer Sanctuary and the forthcoming Maybe I Will, and Heather Case, author of Essence, will be visiting the group, and our main (but not our only) topic will be bullying in fiction and in real life.
Hope to see you there!
Summary for Summer Sanctuary: One summer, Matthew, a minister’s son whose mother is about to have a fifth child and who is home-schooled, meets Dinah, who is homeless, at the library, and helps her survive and avoid welfare workers.
Summary for Essence: Ana Drummond is a seventeen-year-old who finds herself being uprooted from her diverse neighborhood in Chicago at the end of her junior year. Ana struggles with the nuances of southern society and wrestles to define who she is and what she wishes to become in light of the death of her father and her estranged relationship with her mother. Ana’s fervent requests to return to Chicago begin to wane when she discovers Elijah, the soul of a former slave, that dwells in her house.