Children’s Book Club

In his book I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, Doctor Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center’s education department is pleased to host a new children’s program that started this fall called The Children’s Book Club. The Children’s Book Club’s mission is for children to discover their passion and enjoyment for reading literature and to share it with family and friends. The club includes both children and parent/guardian participation and commitment. By having both children and parents/guardians participate in a book club together provides the opportunity to share thoughts and feelings over various topics together. Children will benefit from participating in this book club by enhancing their literacy skills, learning new vocabulary, listening to different points of view, and developing skills such as analyzing and making predictions.

           The Children’s Book Club will meet the second Thursday of each month at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center from 4:30-5:30 pm. It is important to try to attend the majority of meetings. The first meeting, which was an organizational meeting, was on Thursday, October 9. Below, you will see the handout that participants received:
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Children’s Book Club-Organizational Meeting

  • Welcome to the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center and thank you for participating in the Children’s Book Club.

Mission

The Children’s Book Club is for children to discover their passion and enjoyment for reading literature and to share it with family and friends.

Schedule and Attendance

The Children’s Book Club will meet the second Thursday of each month at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center from 4:30-5:30pm. The Children’s Book Club will include children and parent/guardian participation and commitment. By having both children and parent/guardian participation will provide an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings over a topic together. It is important to try to attend the majority of meetings.
Upcoming Dates: Thursday, November 13, 4:30-5:30pm.
Thursday, December 11, 4:30-5:30pm.

Book Club Rules

1. Come prepared to talk about the book.
2. Listen to others.
3. One person talk at a time.
4. Ask questions and share your thoughts.
5. Be respectful and listen to different thoughts and opinions.

For Parents/Guardians

1. Work as a team with your child.
2. Encourage children to participate in discussions. Help enrich discussions!

Book Club Meeting Outline

  • Upcoming Announcements
    • Review schedule.
  • Welcoming Activity
    • Short activity related to the book which will help start book discussion. All group members will participate.
  • Book Discussion
    • The majority of the meeting time will be devoted towards the book discussion. Children and adults will participate. Discussion will be based on answering and discussing the prepared questions.
  • Extension Activity
    • Participants will engage in a small activity that will relate to the book.
  • Book Rating
    • Each member will rate the chosen book by using a star system.
    • 1 Star- Did not like the book.
    • 2 Stars- The book was okay but would not read again or recommend.
    • 3 Stars- Liked the book.
    • 4 Stars- Enjoyed the book and will read again and recommend.
    • Discuss book ratings.
  • Book Selection
    • As a group, decide and agree upon the next book to read for the next meeting. Also decide whether to read entire book or to split into two parts to read and discuss.

How to Prepare for Book Club Meetings

Children

  • Read the book!
  • Keep a reading journal. As you read, write down your thoughts, feelings, and questions about the book. This will help book club discussions.
  • Be prepared to talk about the book, answer questions, and share opinions.
  • Prepare a question to ask to the group during book club meetings.

For Parents/Guardians

  • Read the book!
  • Prepare a question to ask to enhance discussions.

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We still have space for new group members to join. There is a registration fee of $2 to become a member of the Children’s Book Club. The ideal group number will be between 10-20 participants. The age range will be targeted between ages 9-14, however exceptions can be made. Children will receive a reading journal in which they can write down their thoughts, feelings, and questions about the book. Reading journals will be brought to each meeting and will help develop discussions. Participants will be responsible for acquiring each chosen book.

Again, the Children’s Book Club will meet the second Thursday of each month at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center from 4:30-5:30 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 11, and we will be discussing the book, The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle. If you would like to sign up and become a member of the Children’s Book Club you can find the registration form on our website http://www.schwenkfelder.com or contact me at 215-679-3103 (ask for Laura) or by email at laura@schwenkfelder.com to register. Sign up today!

Come and discover what reading literature can teach you and where it may take you while joining us at the Children’s Book Club at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center!

Laura Price
Museum Educator

About schwenkfelder

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Schwenkfelders and the history of southeastern Pennsylvania and the Perkiomen Region. The Heritage Center offers educational programming and tours, exhibits, workshops, and events throughout the year. Our blog is maintained by museum educator, Rebecca Lawrence, SLHC staff and guest bloggers.
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