San Bernardino Public Library has been selected to host a three-part reading and discussion series called the "Great Stories CLUB." The library is one of 173 libraries nationwide receiving a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host this series, developed by the ALA Public Programs Office (PPO) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Funding was provided for this program by Oprah's Angel Network.
The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books) is a book discussion program created to provide teens with an opportunity to read and discuss three theme-related books. Each title selected for the program focuses on a character who struggles with a serious challenge. As a recipient of this grant from ALA, San Bernardino Public Library will receive programming resources as well as copies of the following books for distribution to teen participants at the Y Academy, the library's partnering organization:
- "Tyrell" by Coe Booth (Scholastic, Inc., 2007)
- "Hole in My Life" by Jack Gantos (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002)
- "Sold" by Patricia McCormick (Hyperion, 2006)
All programs will be held at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library. Capitola Katin and Jessica Scott, English teachers at the Y Academy, will lead the discussions of each book. This book club is one of several activities in which the Y Academy has collaborated with the Feldheym Central Library to help their students develop a lifelong love of reading and lifelong learning. The Y Academy, as part of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, and the San Bernardino Public Library are City of Readers partners. The Y Academy is a community day school for tenth graders, located across the street from the Feldheym Central Library. Each of the three books in this program focuses on the theme of choices, which is very important in the lives of these students. The hope is that discussing these books and the relevance to their own lives will encourage them to make good choices.
For more information about the Great Stories Club at San Bernardino Public Library, contact Linda Adams at 909.381.8236. For information about the Great Stories CLUB national initiative, visit www.ala.org/greatstories.
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