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The Bristol Public Library has weekly book clubs for tweens and teens:

Tween Book Club

Mondays

4:00pm – 6:00pm (during the school year)

3:00pm – 5:00pm (during the summer)

Suggested for ages 10-14

 

Teen Book Club

Wednesdays

4:00pm – 6:00pm (during the school year)

3:00pm – 5:00pm (during the summer)

Suggested for ages 14-19

The age ranges indicate the general maturity level of the book choices, but there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to books, and tweens and teens are encouraged to attend whichever book club that makes them feel the most comfortable. It is perfectly fine to switch between book clubs depending on what books look the most interesting, or even attend both!

Book clubs are free of charge and open to ALL tweens and teens regardless of ability or reading levels. No registration is required to attend and book club members are never committed to attending every meeting or to staying for the entire 2 hours.

Check out our events page for a schedule of which books are next for our book clubs.

Book clubs at BPL may be a little different from what you’re used to: here, we read the books out loud together. This format means that attending book club requires no preparation and no homework! Attendees are not required to read anything ahead of time, the library provides copies of the book at each meeting, and tweens and teens can participate as much or as little as they wish. You can discuss or debate the book with other book club members, or just listen as the story is read aloud, it’s completely up to you. We also spend some meetings watching movies based on books, playing games, or completing different activities and projects.

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each book club spends two weeks with a book.
  2. The book is read aloud at each meeting. The Teen Librarian does most of the reading, but any attendee is welcome to read aloud as well, though reading is not at all required.
  3. Tweens and Teens are welcome to follow along as the book is read, read ahead, or just sit and listen. You can enjoy book club however you wish as long as you don’t interfere with anyone else’s enjoyment of the experience.
  4. The first week we’ll start reading at the beginning of the book and then continue reading until we run out of time, with periodic breaks to allow for commentary and discussion. At the end of the first meeting, everyone leaves their books at the library.
  5. At the second meeting, we continue reading where we left off.
  6. At the end of the second meeting each person attending can take a copy of the book home free of charge to finish at his or her own pace. These books now belong to the book club members and do not need to be returned to the library.

BPL views book club as an important tool in fostering teen community and love of books. It is a priority of the library to be a means of allowing teens to not only have access to quality reading material, but to also build their home libraries.