Book Clubs for Early Literacy and Lifelong Learning
For children and teens, book clubs are community-based opportunities that connect them with their peers while supporting their interests and nurturing a love for reading. And parents with young children can be a part of parent-child book clubs, allowing parents to share their love of reading with their children.
For adults and elders, joining or starting a book club is a highly effective way to keep the mind active while socializing and discussing literature. Book clubs give reading a new meaning, one with a social purpose and often times the reader might not otherwise select.
Book clubs make reading social, bringing together neighbors who might otherwise not meet, creating a shared history through shared interests.
There are book clubs for people of every age and readers of every genre. Participation in a book club is almost always free, and library-hosted book clubs are sometimes able to provide copies of the book for members to check out.
A few examples of established, ongoing book clubs in Western MA libraries:
- The Forbes Library in Northampton hosts book clubs for teens, children who are comfortably reading chapter books, and new readers who are just starting reading chapter books.
- The Greenfield Public Library hosts a Fandoms Anonymous Teen Book Club on the first Tuesday of every month from 2:30pm-4pm.
- The Emily Williston Memorial Library’s Monday Night Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30-8pm in Easthampton, inviting adults and mature teens to discuss books from a range of genres.
But what if you can’t find a local book club which appeals to you? There is always the option of starting your own club! Get started by gathering together like-minded friends with similar reading interests, or meet avid readers at a literary event.
The 9th Annual “Are You a Bookie?” celebration at Bay Path University on Sunday, June 5 from 2-4pm is one place where you are sure to meet local readers! At this event you can discover established book clubs to join, share your favorite authors, discover new books, and listen to readings. Attendees will also hear from keynote speaker Ann Hood, a novelist, short story, and nonfiction writer. Blake Student Commons. 588 Longmeadow Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)