On January 5, 2017, the Library held its second student book club, featuring the book, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” by Ransom Riggs. Those in attendance had a very thought-provoking discussion with some fascinating perspectives, especially between the book and the movie which was released in early fall.
If you have not read this book, the story is about a young boy, Jacob, who is mourning the death of his grandfather, ends up traveling to Wales to learn more about where his grandfather grew up. He meets a group of “peculiar” children (kids with super powers) who live on the island of Cairnholm, with Miss Peregrine, who runs the home and also has powers. This book takes you on a very “peculiar” journey with the various children, and leaves you wondering, “what is next?” If you enjoy “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” you are in luck because the Library has the next two books in the series, “Hollow City” and “Library of Souls.”
As mentioned above, the book club held in January was our second run. Our first student book club was offered in August, 2016, before the fall term classes even started, and we discussed the book, “Eleanor & Park,” by Rainbow Rowell. This Young Adult easy read was set in Omaha, Nebraska, and had been fairly popular in public libraries and book clubs. Since our Library already had it, we thought it would be a great book to launch for our first student book club. Even with just five participants, we had a very engaging discussion, which seemed to be about the right number of people to discuss the book, allowing time for everyone to provide their thoughts.
As our past participation has not been as high as we anticipated, we would still like to offer a third book club event this summer. In fact, we have selected a different genre, an autobiography, “Yes Please,” by Amy Poehler, with the date still yet to be determined. Perhaps the summer months are a better time for students to participate. We will again offer an online discussion through the book website, Goodreads, hoping some of our online students can join in on our discussion. If you are interested in either of the two books we have read in the book clubs, the Library has “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” in print, audiobook, and on the Kindle. “Eleanor & Park” is available in print and on the Kindle. We also have other books by the authors, Ransom Riggs and Rainbow Rowell, in case you are interested. Finally, if you have any suggestions for the book club, please let us know your thoughts by sending an email to email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you at our next book club this summer!
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 20 No. 2, Spring 2017.