Families of children 8-12 years old are invited to the Storytime Room on Tuesday, July 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. to discuss Chasing Space: Young Reader’s Edition by Leland Melvin, as part of your library’s “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 without accompanying family members.
Chasing Space: Young Reader’s Edition is Leland Melvin’s autobiography about his time in the NFL and as an astronaut for NASA. In the book he shares the struggles he had to overcome to pursue his dreams. School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson says she chose Chasing Space because after reading it last year, she was “so impressed with Leland’s positive attitude and determined spirit. He had a lot of setbacks on his way to space, but he never let any of it get him down.” Jennifer adds, “I think kids can learn a lot from his perseverance and dedication.”
“Let’s Talk About That” meets six times a year. It is unique for a children’s book club in that it is open to families as well, so children and parents can participate in discussions together. Jennifer says this format 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, call 423-434-4348 or email Jennifer Johnson. Call 423-434-4458, visit www.jcpl.org, and follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about other youth programs and services.