Book Clubs for Early Literacy and Lifelong Learning

Book Clubs for Early Literacy and Lifelong Learning

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.

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.

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New Collaboration Empowers Community to Take Control of Media Consumption

Media Literacy Book Club to Start at the Sunderland Public Library

Monday, January 25th, 2016 at 6pm, and the club will be discussing the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

The New England Literacy Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT) and the Sunderland Public Library have partnered to create a new book club focusing on media literacy and gender based violence, facilitated by Charity O’Connor, Domestic Violence Intervention Project Advocate for NELCWIT.

The book club will meet the last Monday of every month from 6 – 7 pm in the Lane Reading Room of the Sunderland Public Library, and will discuss how popular media, such as books, portrays sexual/domestic violence and how those portrayals impact our culture.

It is hoped that the Media Literacy Book Club will become a safe space for people to discuss difficult issues that many people choose to avoid. “I would love to see this book club become a space for community members to engage in critical discussions about popular media and how popular media influences our beliefs, perpetuates harmful stereotypes about sexual and domestic violence, and romanticizes abusive behavior,” says Charity O’Connor. “If our media consumption goes unchecked, we internalize the harmful messages we receive from the media and those messages can negatively influence our personal relationships. This is why I think a book club such as this is so important – it’s our chance to take control of the media we consume and be active participants in breaking down those harmful messages.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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