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Vinson Middle teams with library to start book club

Nov. 22, 2013 @ 07:39 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Vinson Middle School has partnered with the Wayne County Public Library System to create an after-school book club for students grades 6-8.

Kristi Gibbs, library media specialist at Vinson Middle, and Kayla Young, youth librarian at the Ceredo-Kenova Memorial Public Library, came up with an idea to start a book club that will bring together programming from the public and school libraries.

"We really wanted to try to bring together the public library programming and the school library programming and create an experience for the kids that was positive and helped foster their love of reading," Gibbs said. "We want to show the kids how much fun reading can be and get them excited about it."

Gibbs said the book club provides additional enrichment for the students who already stay after school for tutoring. It also provides an opportunity for other students to stay and engage in reading and other activities centered around different books.

"We're really excited about it, and it gives the students something to look forward to in the coming months," Gibbs said.

On Thursday, the book club hosted a kickoff party in honor of the new Hunger Games movie, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," based on the second book in the series.

Seventh-grader Rhiannon Braford said the "Hunger Games" books are some of her favorites, and she hopes to share more books that she likes with the new club.

"I enjoy reading books," she said. "I read a lot regularly, but having a book club will make it easier for me to read even more."

Seventh-grader Alisha Crislip said she thinks the book club's discussions will help her become a better public speaker.

"It's going to help me get used to reading out loud to a class and could help me get ready to do presentations in high school and college," she said.

After-school tutoring takes place Monday through Thursday, and Gibbs said she plans to have book club activities every month.



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