Book Club for Children

Helping Children

Flourish

We strive to encourage a love of reading in the young citizens of Henderson and Chester County. We have three different youth book clubs so children of different ages can read age-appropriate materials and grow their love of books with peers. Each group meets at a different time during the year, so mark your calendar for the next time it’s offered!

Middle school aged children

Middle School

Middle School book club is offered during June & July to students who have finished third through fifth grade in either public school or homeschool.

Junior High aged children

Junior High

Junior High book club is offered during the months of September, October, and November for students who are in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.

High school aged children

High School

High School book club is offered during the months of February, March, and April for students who are in ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. 

Middle

School

Book Club

The Middle School Book Club meets every Thursday from 2 pm to 3 pm during the months of June & July for children who have finished 3rd through 5th grades.

Children aren’t required to attend every week but they MUST register.

Each week the children will receive a book that they’ll discuss the following week. They will also get to help design a t-shirt that they will receive at the last meeting in July (at no cost) during the Middle School Book Club pizza party.

What does it cost to participate?

Some years the books are covered by a grant and sometimes the books will either need to be purchased (cost is kept between $5.00 and $10.00). In May of each year, it will be announced if the books will cost anything and if so, what the cost will be. If you prefer not to purchase the book there may also be an option to ILL (interlibrary loan) the books so that they can be borrowed for free.

What do the children do during book club?

The first half of the meeting consists of book discussion led by the library director. A quarter of the meeting will have book discussions led by the children. The final quarter of the meeting will consist of an activity that relates to the book read.

Some examples of activities in the past are creating posters and information about how we can save sea turtles when on vacation, creating an escape box for the book Holes, and each child getting to use software that book illustrators use to create the images for their books.

What books do the Middle School Book Clubbers read?

Each year, the children will read a variety of genres and formats including a nonfiction, fiction, biography, and graphic novel. Some titles from the past couple of years can be seen below.

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Sea Turtle Rescue by Karen Romano

Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

Science Comics: Coral Reefs by Maris Wicks

Thundercluck! Chicken of Thor by Paul Tillery IV

Bunnicula by Deborah Howe

Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausman

Click by Kayla Miller

DK Life Stories: Jane Goodall

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

The Stonekeeper: Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

Junior

High

Book Club

Beginning in 2021, the Chester County Library will be offering a Jr. High School book club each year during the months of September, October, and November.

The meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm. Teens who are in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade in either public school or homeschool are eligible to participate. Children are not required to attend each week but must sign up to attend.

What does it cost to participate?

***For 2021 meetings, the books are being provided at no cost thanks to the Southwest Electric Community for Change Grant***

Some years the books are covered by a grant and other times the books will either need to be purchased (cost is kept between $5.00 and $10.00) or borrowed.

In May of each year, it will be announced if the books will cost anything and if so, what the cost will be.

If you prefer not to purchase the book there may also be an option to ILL (interlibrary loan) the books so that they can be borrowed for free.

What do the children do during book club?

The first half of the meeting consists of book discussion led by the library director. A quarter of the meeting will have book discussions led by the children. The final quarter of the meeting will consist of an activity that relates to the book read.

*Space is limited

High

School

Book Club

Beginning in 2021, the Chester County Library will be offering a High School book club each year during the months of February, March, and April. The meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm.

Teens who are in ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade in either public school or homeschool are eligible to participate. Teens are not required to attend each week but must sign up to attend.

What does it cost to participate?

***For 2022 meetings, the books are being provided at no cost thanks to the Southwest Electric Community for Change Grant***

Some years the books are covered by a grant and other times the books will either need to be purchased (cost is kept between $5.00 and $10.00) or borrowed.

In May of each year, it will be announced if the books will cost anything and if so, what the cost will be.

If you prefer not to purchase the book there may also be an option to ILL (interlibrary loan) the books so that they can be borrowed for free.

What do the teens do during book club?

The first half of the meeting consists of book discussion led by the library director. A quarter of the meeting will have book discussions led by the teens. The final quarter of the meeting will consist of an activity that relates to the book read.

2022 Schedule

Thursday, February 10th, 2022 at 3:30 pm- The Astonishing Color of After by Emily Pan

Thursday, March 10th, 2022 at 3:30 pm- Beastars Volume 1 by Paru Itagaki

Thursday, April 14th, 2022 at 3:30 pm-Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

*Space is limited