Families of children 8 and older are invited to the Storytime Room on Thursday, January 10 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to discuss Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson, as part of our “Let’s Talk About That” Book Club. Copies of the book are available to borrow and read in advance for the first 10 registrants who need them. Registration is required and can be completed here. Children ages 8-12 may also register individually without accompanying family members.
School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson says she chose Hilda and the Troll because she’s been “wanting to do a graphic novel book club to introduce variety and to entice reluctant readers. Plus,” she adds, “Netflix released an animated series based on the graphic novels in September. This has definitely renewed interest in Hilda’s story.”
“Let’s Talk About That” meets six times a year. It is unique for a children’s book club in that about a year ago the library opened it to families as well, so children and parents can participate in discussions together. Jennifer says this transition has been met with a lot of enthusiasm, and that both the kids and their caregivers enjoy the discussions. “It’s a great way for families to carve out some quality time together, because they can spend time reading and discussing at home even before they come to the book club.” The program starts with attendees sharing their general impressions of the book and then answering open-ended discussion questions; it usually ends with an activity that matches the book’s theme. Jennifer also schedules a few author Skype visits a year during which the children can virtually meet the author.
For more information about our youth book clubs, contact Jennifer Johnson at 423-434-4348. Call 423-434-4450, visit www.jcpl.org, and follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about other library programs.