Posts Tagged ‘Book Club’

Here’s the scoop. You’ve moved. Remembering what fun you had in your former book club, you investigate your local neighborhood network group. Maybe you can start your own club.

The library has a particularly useful help site in Lit Lovers, a “well-read online community.” This site will help you start your own book club – they have tips about all aspects, from selecting and discussing your selection as well as questions for both fiction and non-fiction titles. In addition there are games and icebreakers.

You’ve launched your group. Now it’s time to choose your monthly title. How else can the library specifically help? Particularly useful are the library’s book kits, which contain 10 copies of one title, a discussion guide, and can be checked out for six weeks to one person. In addition, the kits can be reserved.Planning in advance is easy. By doing a key word search, using the term “book group kit,” you will get an extensive selection of over 100 hundred titles. Be sure and sort the list for adult titles, however.

The library also has Novelist Plus, a book selection site that will give capsule summaries by category as well as guides, and author read-alikes. (Navigation: Library home page > Resources > A-Z > N > Novelist +)

There’s even more on our website. Do explore our guide particularly the tab about book discussion groups.

Happy reading!


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Are you in grades 6-8? Do you like to read books and discuss what you’ve read (and have a lot of fun?) Consider joining Tween Page Turners. We meet once a month (the last Wednesday of the month) from 4-5 pm in conference Room A. We read a different book each month, and sometimes we read Advanced Reader’s Copies (books that are not yet published) and review them for the library. We currently are about half full, and are looking for new tweens to join us! If you are interested, please stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up a copy of the bookfor the next month’s meeting.

If you would like any further information, or have any questions, please email Mary Ayers at mcayers@aclibrary.org.

Some of the recent titles we’ve read:

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Secret of Platform 13 by Iva Ibbotson

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

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I recently read the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I have heard a lot fantastic things about this book and have watched it come and go from the library for quite some time now, so I am glad that I finally got around to reading it. The Lightning Thief is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time.

The story is about Percy Jackson, a 12 year old boy from New York. Percy has trouble in school and has been kicked out of several. While on a field trip something strange happens. One of Percy’s teachers turns into a monster and he has to slay her. Strange things continue to happen and Percy finds out that he is different than other kids; in fact his father is a Greek God. At the end of the school year He is sent by his mother to a summer camp for kids who are half-human, half-God. After a dangerous drive to get to the camp he is attacked by a Minotaur (a half-bull, half-human monster). He finally makes it into the camp but has to recover from injuries received fighting the Minotaur. While at camp he learns more about the Greek Gods and trains to be a hero. He also finds out which God his father is. Percy and two friends from camp are sent on an epic journey to recover a lightning bolt stolen from Zeus. I don’t want to give too much away…but if you like hero stories with a wealth of Greek mythology mixed in, this book is for you. There are sequels as well, so make sure to check them out.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Lightning Thief

The Sea of Monsters  

The Titan’s Curse

The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Last Olympian

The Heroes of Olympus

The Lost Hero

The Son of Neptune (estimated publishing date October 4, 2011)

If you have already read the Percy Jackson series check out the Kane series and learn about Egyptian mythology.

The Kane Chronicles

The Red Pyramid               

The Throne of Fire

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Check out these Book Talks done by kids!

Click on the picture to the left to see the videos on the Centerville Library Glogster page. If you would like to participate in the Centerville Library Kids Book Discussion Club join us the second Thursday of every month. You can record your own Book Talk and be featured on the Centerville Library Glogster Blog and Facebook page.

Join us today (Feb 10th) at the Centerville Library from 4:30-5:30

If you can’t make it today, contact Elizabeth to find out when our next meeting will be.

510-795-2629 or egamell@aclibrary.org

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Click on the present to see what’s inside!

Many of the pictures in this multimedia poster have a link to the video of the event. Click on some of them and enjoy!

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Centerville  library  is small , and only open two  days  a week.  We are  always  a busy  place.   Last we had  a lot  of  extra fun.  Our  usual  week  includes two  staff story times, one story time  done by  teen  volunteers and our  Read  with me reading program every afternoon.  On Tuesday  we  added   a Valentine’s Day  Craft program  that  was  very well attended.

On Thursday it  was  even More Exciting .  Our  monthly kid’s  book  Club  had its first  author  visit.  Ms. Deborah  Grabien.  While Ms.  Grabien  has written  a number  of  books for adults , (  Rock  and  Roll  Never  Forgets  and   New  Slain  Knight  to name two) , Dark’s  Tale  is  her  first  book  for  younger  Readers ( ages 9 to  13 ) .  We discussed  her  book, the ecology  of  golden gate  park,  learned  about  writing , and the world Of  publishing.  Thanks  to  Egmont , (  a long  time children’s  publisher ,  just  starting to publish  in the US) , the book group got  copies  of  the book for  Ms. Grabien to sign and the kids  to keep.  Mr. grabien  and  The Centerville Kids book  club

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Our  next  book  club  meeting is November 12th from 4 to  5 and we  will be discussing Airborn by Kenneth  Oppel.

This is an exciting novel that take place in a world where airplanes were never invented. Instead people travel by airships — that are a cross between dirigibles and cruise ships. Matt, a cabin boy ,meets Kate , a passenger; who is determined to prove that her grandfather did discover a new animal. Matt is intrigued by Kate’s grandfather’s journal. However ship duties, chaperones, and pirates make the task more difficult and exciting.

Come join the discussion!

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These are prescheduled weekly or monthly programs.  For special events, please check our current listings on Alameda County Library’s website at http://www.aclibrary.org

Click on program name for more details.

Ages Program Name Dates
Ages 2 – 6 Read-To-Me Drop-in Storytime, Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm except Nov. 26th. Oct. 1st –
Dec. 17th
Ages 3 – 5 Preschool Storytime Plus, Thursdays 11:15 am – 12 pm. Oct. 1st-
Nov. 19th
Ages 3 – 6 English/Mandarin Storytime Plus*, Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:15 pm, no class on Nov. 3rd.  Registration required. Sept. 29th –
Nov. 24th
Gr. 1 – 6 Read-With-Me* Reading Assistance
Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, 3:15-3:45, 4-4:30, or 4:45-5:15, no classes on Nov. 24th and 26th. Registration required.
Oct. 6th-
Dec. 17th
Gr. 4 and up Kids Book Club*
Second Thursdays of the month,  4-5 pm. Registration required.
Oct. 8th,
Nov. 12th, Dec. 10th
Parents Parenting Class for Mandarin-speaking parents, first Thursdays of the month, 12:30 – 2 pm Sept. 10th, Oct. 1st, Nov. 5th, Dec. 3rd

🙂  Centerville Library is located at
 3801 Nicolet Ave, Fremont, CA 94536. Phone: 510-795-2629


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At the last Centerville kids book club meeting , we spent our time discussing and recommending our favourite books. In no particular order here is the list


Fire Within by Chris D’Lacey. Dragons and global warming. Read the entire series.

Among the Barrons by Margaret Peterson Haddix. In a future world of false identities, government lies, and death threats, Luke feels drawn to the younger brother of the boy whose name Luke has taken. Fourth book in the Shadow Children series.


The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart. After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Everyone at book club loves this book and is thrilled that there are more in the series.

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. We read this one for our book club, long before the movie came out. We love the adventure of Lina and her friend in a city that is slowly going dark. Read the rest of the series, too.

Amazing days of Abby Hayesby Anne Mazer. Stories about Abby , her friends and her family. fun series.

Simon Bloom, the gravity keeper by Michael Reisman. Nerdy sixth-grader Simon Bloom finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics, but when two thugs come after him, he needs the formulas in the book to save himself. Sitting on my bedside table right now! <br.

Magic Kitten by Sue Bentley. Spending a boring summer in the country with her aunt turns exciting for ten-year-old Lisa when she discovers a magic kitten. fun series.

Quake By Joe Cottonwood. With their parents away at the 1989 World Series, fourteen-year-old Franny, her younger brother, and their cousin try to cope with the frightening events following an earthquake that destroys their home on Loma Prieta mountain


Secret Garden and The Little Princess by by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Classics we love.

Ella Enchanted By Gail Levine. Gail levine is a master of the retelling of fairy tales and this retelling of Cinderella is very popular.

The Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s New World by Nathaniel Philbrick. Adaptation of an adult book , but the same author.

Diary of a wimpy kid : Greg Heffley’s journal by Jeff Kinney. Funny book , read the whole series.

Molly Moon’s incredible book of hypnotism by Georgia Byng. Unlucky and unloved, Molly Moon, living in a dreary orphanage in a small English town, discovers a hidden talent for hypnotism and hypnotizes her way to stardom in New York City

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet wants to be a writer, so she writes everything down. Some of what she writes is not so nice, and when her classmates find her notebook…

Things hoped for By Andrew Clements. Seventeen-year-old Gwen, who has been living with her grandfather in Manhattan while she attends music school, joins up with another music student to solve the mystery when her grandfather suddenly goes missing. Companion book to Things not Seen. Actually, we just love books by Andrew Clements.


Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney. While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. Another classic.

Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu. Book 1 of the Cronus Chronicles . After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.


The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… Wait , there are no bad books by Roald Dahl.

Pure Dead Magic by Debi Glori. When their father is kidnapped and danger looms, the Strega-Borgia children, their mysterious new nanny, and a giant tarantula use magic and actual trips through the Internet to bring peace to their Scottish castle.

The lightning thief by Rick Riordan. After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. First book in the series: Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Also try a book on Greek Mythology .

Do Over by Christine Hurley Deriso.Seventh-grader Elsa moves to a new town and starts a new school where, with the help of her recently deceased mother and a magic locket that allows her to redo the last ten seconds in any situation, she attempts to become popular.


Fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley. First book in the Sisters Grimm series. Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead and that is not the only thing they find out…

13th Reality by James Dashner. New Series. Thirteen-year-old Atticus “Tick” Higginbottom begins receiving mysterious letters from around the world signed only “M.G.,” and the clues contained therein lead him on a journey to the perilous 13th Reality and a confrontation with evil Mistress Jane.

As you might have guessed , the kids in the Centerville book club like to read. And all of us are looking for suggestions — so give us some in the comment section. And if you are looking for more books and ideas for summer fun , look at the Summer Reading blog.

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Based on the 1989 earthquake, three kids are left at home while their parents go to the World Series. When the earthquake hits , they are on there own. In the next few hours they have to keep themselves safe and help some of their neighbors too.

Read the first chapter here.

Want a copy? Reserve it here.

Need more summer reading suggestions? The Centerville Kids book Club is putting together a list of books that you will see in about two weeks! And you can make a suggestion for our list in the comments!

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