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Book Club

The DeKalb Middle School Book Club is open to anyone in grades 6-8 who is interested in joining. The group meets every Monday after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Media Center. Students either get a ride home from a parent or take the 4:30 p.m. activity bus home. The book club is also considered as an outreach program facilitated by a librarian (Mariah Miller) from Eckhart Public Library. Outreach programs are used to bring services to students and community members outside the library. There is no cost and no registration required.

Each month we read a new title. In February, the book club read "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. This month we are reading "Far Far Away" by Tom McNeal. Students read a certain amount of pages each week, and I prepare questions for the group to discuss. Following our discussion I usually plan an activity related to the book or we share stories the students have written, play games such as Story Cubes, etc.

The students gain critical thinking skills while engaging in thought-provoking discussions. Even though the students are big, passionate readers already, it still encourages students to read more and to explore titles they may not find otherwise. The book club also provides an avenue for creativity and imagination since students have started to share their personal writing. It allows students to share their ideas, thoughts and opinions with their peers in a safe environment.