Fun, Lively Discussion, Debate! At Swords Library Children’s Book Club

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on July 7, 2016 in Libraries

A children’s book club opens up a whole new world to the child. It is not school and it is not home. It is the local Library, where you can come on a regular basis and enjoy a plethora of different books and a world of ideas to fuel the imagination. It is confidence building […]

Book Club

A children’s book club opens up a whole new world to the child. It is not school and it is not home. It is the local Library, where you can come on a regular basis and enjoy a plethora of different books and a world of ideas to fuel the imagination. It is confidence building and encourages children to speak out and give their point of view. It is social and gives a child a sense of independence, as they come along every four weeks and we meet and discuss our favourite book and exchange different points of view.

Talking about feelings through the experiences in books is an excellent way of communicating with a child and a great way to talk about emotional health in a relaxed setting. Literacy skills improve and it encourages a ‘culture of stories’ in the home. Reading encourages logical thinking by helping them to grasp concepts more easily, the more they read and are read to, the more the child will relate to scenarios that are happening in their own world. Reading brings a stronger sense of self-discipline, a longer attention span and better memory retention. At this age span, interaction takes the form of discussion and debate, it is a time for new reading experiences, guided by the parent, the child takes on more and more reading challenges.

Here at Swords Library our children’s book club has been running for nearly 2 years now. The children love it, we meet every 4 weeks and have read quite a few books so far such as Demon Dentist by David Walliams, Dead Hairy by Debbie Thomas, Woof by Alan Ahlberg, Millions by Frank Cotterill Boyce to name but a few. We read for the pure fun of reading and have interesting chats about all the wonderful characters in all our favourite books. Why not encourage your child to join us? It’s a fun thing to do as well as broadening their reading experience. I’m loving reading the books myself and look forward to the children’s next choice of book.

At the moment we are reading The Worry Website by Jacqueline Wilson. Dead Hairy by Debbie Thomas won our book of the year last year with David Walliam’s Demon Dentist coming a close second! Our Book club meets because the children who have a shared interest and like to read can come along and have fun and share their view s on the books they choose to read. We have boys and girls so we get a good balance of views and abilities. So come along and join us you never know you just might enjoy it!

By Karen Scattergood, Swords Library