Summit County Libraries ask teens to Read It and Reap
This month’s theme is dystopia
Katie Wegner, library clerk at Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch, wants to remind everyone that the Read It and Reap Book Club, will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, and not on Monday, July 24.
“We usually meet every fourth Monday of the month, but we’re changing it because of the (Pioneer Day) holiday,” Wegner said.
The Read It and Reap Book Club started last fall as a way to get local teens interested in reading.
“We originally kicked off by choosing a book that everyone would read and talk about,” Wegner said. “We decided to tweak the idea by deciding on a theme or genre each month, so the teens can choose any book they are interested in that fits.”
This month, the theme is dystopia.
“There are so many young-adult books out there now,” Wegner said. “It’s a popular theme.”
The theme format also gives teens the opportunity to choose books that align with their different reading levels.
“Some kids might feel more comfortable reading middle-grade books, or even adult books, instead of young-adult books,” Wegner said. “Even if someone had read a book about dystopia a few months ago, they are welcome to come and participate in the conversation.
“That’s one of the cool things about the club, because teens can come in and get reading recommendations, and it doesn’t matter if they have read a book or not. I think hearing from your own peers is an easier way to get reading recommendations than to ask an adult.”
The club is open to teens in grades seven through 12, so Wegner wanted to make it fun.
“We don’t want them to feel like they are in their English class,” she said with a laugh.
On the same line, Wenger wanted to create a more informal atmosphere.
“Time commitment is the biggest challenge, because most of the teens have other activities such as jobs and sports that they do,” she said. “We wanted to make the club a little less structured, because I think it’s cool to create an environment where teens can talk freely about the books they are reading or interested in.”
If teens want more ideas about what books to read, the Kimball Junction Branch has a display they can visit, Wegner said.
In addition to a discussion, the Read It and Reap Book Club participates in a craft that complements the monthly theme.
“Our Teen Advisory Board has helped to plan our book club by choosing which genres/themes we do, Wegner said. “We also run our craft and activity ideas by them.”
This month the club will make paracord survival bracelets, which are bracelets made from nylon cords that can be unwoven to help with an assortment of tasks in the wilderness.
“It’s so fun to think about the different crafts to do,” Wegner said. “We try to make them more teen oriented and try to gear them toward both girls and boys.
“Last month our theme was summer, so we made wind chimes. That was a fun one.”
Wegner said it is important for the Summit County Library to offer programs such as the Read It and Reap Book Club.
“I think things like this are exciting,” she said. “With the Read It and Reap Book Club, we can introduce books and genres that teens may not be reading.”
The Read It and Reap Book Club meetings are held at all the Summit County Library Branches, including Kamas and Coalville.
“We all share the same theme and meet at the same time, so teens can go to the library branches that are closet to them,” Wegner said.
A teen Read It and Reap Book Club will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, at all Summit County Libraries: Kimball Junction, Coalville and Kamas branches. Teens in grades seven through 12 are encouraged to read any book with a dystopian theme. The free event will include a discussion about the books, a craft and snacks. For information, visit http://www.thesummitcountylibrary.org.
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