The Pemberton Library hosts four book clubs that feature reads geared to every age!
Adult Book Discussion
This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month and is due to discuss the Barbara Eden biography, Jeannie Out of the Bottle at the November meeting.
Jeannie Out of the Bottle takes us behind the scenes of I Dream of Jeannie as well as Barbara's dozens of other stage, movie, television, and live concert performances. We follow her from the hungry years when she was a struggling studio contract player at 20th Century Fox through difficult weeks trying to survive as a chorus girl at Ciro's Sunset Strip supper club, from a stint as Johnny Carson's sidekick on live TV to tangling on-screen and off with some of Hollywood's most desirable leading men, including Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, and Warren Beatty. From the ups and downs of her relationship with her Jeannie co-star Larry Hagman to a touching meeting with an exquisite and vulnerable Marilyn Monroe at the twilight of her career, readers join Barbara on a thrilling journey through her five decades in Hollywood.
Book Club: Grades K-2
This club, for children in Kindergarten up to 2nd grade, is a perfect way to develop a love of reading! The club meets once a month and enjoys a healthy snack and an activity alongside a discussion of the book's themes. October's selection was Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline's Rescue (a perfect companion to this weekend's performance of Madeline and the Bad Hat at the Burlington County Library Headquarters in Westampton!) and readers can look forward to enjoying Herman Parish's Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey in November!
Book Club: Grades 3-6
October's pick was Donald Sobol's Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective, which features the fifth-grade sleuth "Encyclopedia" Leroy Brown. He solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same!
November's selection is the first entry in Jim Benton's Dear Dumb Diary series, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, which reveals the candid (& sometimes mean) diaries of Jamie Kelly, who promises that everything in her diary is true...or at least as true as it needs to be. In this book, Jamie contends with Angeline, the school's prettiest, most popular girl (who Jamie thinks is a goon!) and the impending visit of her troll-like little cousin. Will Jamie survive? Will she go mad? Will she send her mom's nasty casserole to starving children in Wheretheheckistan? You'll just have to read the first installment of Dear Dumb Diary to find out!
Teen Book Club
This program gives teens (students in grades 6-12) a place to enjoy pizza and discuss their favorite (and not-so-favorite) books. Each month, the Teen Advisory Board chooses a book (usually with an accompanying movie version) and the dissection begins! Do you love it or hate it? Was the movie good enough or could you have made better?
October's meeting was especially awesome as the co-author of Beautiful Creatures (this month's selection) called in to the library to talk with members of the Teen Book Club! Kami Garcia works with co-author Margaret Stohl on the Caster Chronicles book series, which begins with Beautiful Creatures. Attendees of this month's meeting got the rare opportunity to talk to a published author and ask her questions about writing the series, what she does in her free time and if she liked the movie version of her book!
November's selection is the tech-thriller Stormbreaker by Anthony Horrowitz, which also has a movie version available in the system! This tale is the first in the Alex Rider series of books! After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.
Grab a book and join a club!
If Pemberton's not the closest branch to you, check out the other book clubs that meet each month throughout the system!