One thing to know about our book club: Our book club is composed of students who attend Lake View High School and live in all areas of the city. One of the things that bring all of our members together is that we love to read. We have about 20 students in the club, but the number of attendees fluctuates during the school year. We read two or three books at the same time and compare and contrast them when we meet. The most difficult book we ever read was "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
We participated in Columbia College Chicago's "Big Read" initiative in 2009 and were filmed discussing their book choice "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. We receive funding for our group's books through the high school's library budget, the CPS Department of Libraries and DonorsChoose.org, which is an organization that helps teachers fund classroom projects through online donations. So far we have received seven grants from DonorsChoose.
Our goal is to read two books a month and look for new sponsors for our book club.
Worst reason anyone has given for not reading an assigned book: One of the school's librarians and our club's leader, Felicia Carparelli, gives the group a set number of pages to read a week, but with school assignments and other activities, it is not a big deal if the students fall short or miss a meeting.
Average time we spend talking about a book: We meet every Monday in Lake View's library at 7:45 a.m. and talk about the different books until school starts at 8:30. We finish discussing a book in about two or three weeks. Because of other commitments, students attend the meetings they can, which makes for a different type of discussion each week.
Five books we loved: "Twilight" by Meyer, "Pride and Prejudice" by Austen, "Copper Sun" by Sharon M. Draper, "Chanda's Wars" by Allan Stratton and "The Vampire Diaries" by L.J. Smith.
Our next books: "Room" and "Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins" by Emma DonoghueCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun