By Vianne Wagner
Hollywood Library assistant
Book groups are not just for adults – at Hollywood Library, we have book groups for kids and teens, too. Four groups meet once a month. Books (and snacks) are provided.
Family Graphic Novel Book Group, for grades 2–3
Tasha, one of our youth librarians, runs this group. Kids, with an adult, come and discuss the book they read that month. Tasha usually has some kind of activity planned, such as making robots out of recycled materials to go along with Little Robot by Ben Hatke. Graphic novels can be valuable as literacy tools because reading comics uses both parts of the brain as it interprets pictures and words into one, cohesive story. One of the most popular graphic novels group members read this past year was Hilo: the Boy Who Fell to the Earth by Judd Winick. Great news, the sequel just came out in May. It is called Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World. Meets on the fourth Sunday of the month starting up again in September.
Family Book Group, for grades 4–5
This group is run by me, Vianne. The kids and parents vote on the reading list in September. We read a wide variety of genres: historical fiction, fantasy, adventure and graphic novels. One of the best parts of our discussions is when each reader talks about a favorite character and gives the book a score between one and ten, based upon how much they liked it. It’s also fun to see what snack there is and how it relates to the book. Some of the highest-scoring books this past year were: The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands, Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. Meets the second Tuesday evening of the month, starting up again in September.
Family Book Group, for grades 6 and 7
New this fall. Will meet the second Thursday of the month beginning in September.
Teen Printz Reading Book Group, for grade 8 and up
Danielle, Hollywood’s youth and teen librarian, runs this group. Members pick the titles as they go. Their ultimate goal is to select the best book written for teens published each year. The group chooses nominees for a Mock Printz workshop, at which a winner, as well as honor books, are voted on and given mock medals. This all happens just before the real Printz Award committee from American Library Association announces its choice in January. Some of the hottest titles this year: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, Unbecoming by Jenny Downham and Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston. Meets through the summer. Check the website for dates.
All of the youth book groups are open to the public and welcome new members. Want more info? Stop in and ask us, grab a flyer or go to multcolib.org. We hope you’ll join us.