Join Durham Book Club
It's time to sign up!
We're so excited to announce that registration for 2024 Durham Book Club has begun! All 5th through 8th grade students are invited to join us this spring/summer as we read four amazing books together, one book each month during April, May, June, and July.
During that time, you'll also have the opportunity to:
Meet other middle school students in small groups at Durham libraries to talk about the books
Engage in a book-related challenge to dive even deeper into each book
Win prizes if you complete the challenges
Meet and talk with the authors: Edudzi Adodo, Phil Stamper, and Sarah Beth Durst
Learn more about the Student Leadership Team who has been planning this annual event for the past eight months!
As always, this program is free to all participating students, thanks to the support of grants and donations and partnerships with Durham County Library and dozens of teachers and media specialists in Durham's schools.
What is this club all about?
We read great books with middle school peers from throughout Durham, NC. We meet all kinds of people - students, community leaders, authors, you name it!!... And we learn about different perspectives and experiences with books as our guide. You can look forward to making new friends, meeting authors, playing games, winning prizes and thinking about reading in a whole new way! Come join us!
Okay, so how are the books picked?
We ask middle grade students who like to read for their suggestions! Our Student Leadership Team is made up of 10 - 15 middle school students, who either find us online or they are recommended to us by someone in their school. This group of students meets once a week throughout the entire school year but we focus on the books during the fall. , During the title selection period, we talk about some of our favorite books (and some of our not-so-favorite books!). Eventually, we narrow down what is usually a long list of titles by considering all kinds of criteria: genre, topic, length, reading level, diversity of character, diversity of author, and price. When the process is finished, voila!...we have four titles that will be read by Durham Book Club students in the upcoming season!
PS THIS TEAM IS ASSEMBLED EVERY SEPTEMBER. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING A PART OF IT, EMAIL US AT HELLO@DURHAMBOOKCLUB.ORG AND WE'LL GIVE YOU ALL THE DEETS!
Sounds fun, so what do I need to do?
Sign up in January: you'll see signs at school and in all the Durham libraries, emails with google forms, posts on social media, announcements all over this website, and surely all your friends will be talking about it! :-) Don't worry - you won't miss your chance!
Receive your books from your friendly librarian. Probably in March.
Read the books.
Attend monthly book discussions at the library.
All of Durham's public libraries offer a small group discussion each month, so check out your favorite or closest library to see when they'll be meeting. Meetings are run by teen librarians and the conversations are often led by our very own middle school Student Leaders. So don't worry! It's kids chatting with kids. What could be more fun?
Participate in the book-related challenges.
Each book will have a game, challenge, or activity that you can do on your own or with friends. Activities are created entirely by our Student Leadership Team and can be anything from Team Trivia to a virtual scavenger hunt. When you finish the activity, you usually win a prize!
Meet some awesome people and have fun!!!