Book Clubs

Fostering a love of reading throughout childhood is a primary goal in the Ipswich Public Library Children’s Room. Specialized Book Clubs for students in Grades 1 through 8 allow children to meet in age-appropriate groups to socialize and discuss literature under the supervision and guidance of the staff. These groups meet on approximately a monthly basis. Please contact the Ipswich Public Library Children’s Room for specific dates.

First graders take part in Story Explorers with Betsy Johnson. She shares a story with the participants and opens up discussion with the listeners. They enjoy activities and crafts around the theme of what they have read. The first graders do not have to read independently to enjoy this program.

Maureen Fay leads Junior Great Books for second graders on Tuesday afternoons. Friendship, bravery and responsibility are the themes of the Second Grade Junior Great Books program. The library provides the books to the children for each unit. The children do a first reading of the story at home with a parent. At the meeting they read the story together, thus the program is beneficial to second graders at all reading levels.

Third graders meet as Book Buddies with Betsy Johnson. The focus is on age-appropriate books and learning about what kinds of techniques writers use to make a book interesting. They share ideas in a relaxed and fun environment.

Radical Readers with Maureen Fay is for fourth and fifth graders who enjoy reading and socializing with other young readers. Members read books from a variety of genres and enjoy delving deeper into character and plot development.

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade Book Clubs meet on alternate Friday nights from 5 to 6 PM with Maureen Fay. Book discussions are more student-initiated. While the main focus is still sharing books in a social environment, participants take part in more in-depth literature discussions.





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Tuesday 9-8
Wednesday 9-8
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-5
Saturday 9-4
Sunday 1-4



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