Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Club Report, Decisions, News

Tuesday night was the joint meeting of our three book clubs, for purposes of getting acquainted and choosing books to read for September and October. (We choose two up front so that when you come together to discuss the first at your September club, we are prepared to hand over your second. Then we're "in the groove.") So those of you who were unable to attend won't have a voice in the first two choices of what to read for club; but at our September meetings, we will choose the November book, and at that point everyone can suggest books and vote, and that procedure will continue for the rest of the year. Certain people's opinions notwithstanding (ahem), Anarda and I think we brought you a good and eclectic selection of books from which to choose for your first two reads. Here are the final choices of each club:

10-12 Club
September: The Rest of Us Just Live Here, by Patrick Ness  
October: How It Went Down, by Kekla Magoon  

8+9 Club
September: The Accident Season, by Moira Fowley-Doyle (finally!)  
October: Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon  

6+7 Club
September: Beastkeeper, by Cat Hellisen  
October: Masterminds, by Gordon Korman  
(This club please note: We couldn't get enough copies of The Case of the Missing Marquess, by Nancy Springer, so we switched to your #3 choice, which was in the running anyway.)

In other news: We had hoped to inform the entire 10-12 Club of a change of meeting day at this meeting, but since more than half of you were unable to attend this joint meeting, we will tell you here (and send you an email): This club will now be meeting the first THURSDAY of the month, rather than the first Tuesday, due to multiple scheduling problems for the four first Tuesdays that fall on the day after a Monday national holiday. We hope this schedule works for all of you (for some it may actually be better). If it doesn't work out well for this school year, we will contemplate changing it back (or to a third alternative) for next year.

For any of you who want to be proactive about putting book club dates on your calendar, you can go here to Teen Programs on our website, choose the appropriate club (10-12, 8+9, or 6+7), and instantly see all the meeting dates there. We suggest that you add them to your family's paper calendar, print them out and stick them to the refrigerator, and/or put them on your phone schedule!

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