Your Library is excited to offer a new monthly school age program called Book Scouts! Kids ages 8 to 12 will explore reading recommendations and discover new titles based on their interests and favorite books with the help of librarians. Registration is open for the first program on Thursday, September 19 from 6-7 p.m. and can be completed here.
Jennifer Johnson, JCPL’s School Age Program Coordinator, says she’s excited about this new program because it’s a fresh take on the Library’s middle grade book clubs. Instead of focusing on one book that kids read beforehand, which she says “can seem a little academic and homework-y,” children can discover a lot of great books in our youth collection based on their favorite topics and titles. Jennifer explains, “In my experience, kids are more excited about reading when it’s interest-driven. By focusing on high-interest topics and read-alikes for popular series, I’m hoping to capitalize on that interest to introduce kids to a whole new world of books.” Jennifer hopes that kids will find genres that they might not have tried before, like non-fiction or graphic novels.
Sign up for Book Scouts here! For more information about your Library’s school age programs, call 423-434-4348 or email Jennifer Johnson. Stay updated on Library programs and services by visiting our website and online calendar, and following Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram.