Bibliophiles assemble! Book Club is the place to be for book fans
December 10, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Alan Torres
Three years ago McNary librarian Mrs. Jeanne Woodley approached then freshmen Nolan Bryant and Ignasio Rodriguez, two students who frequented the library, with the idea of starting a McNary book club. Both students were on board with the idea and recruited their friends.
Now every other Wednesday McNary’s book club meets in the library after school, with each meeting lasting 30-45 minutes.
Woodley said she wanted to start a book club since she started at McNary.
At the first meeting after finishing a book the club picks out a new book which can be any genre. They will set milestones for where they should be over the next few meetings and discuss the book over these meetings. The meetings are very chill according to de-facto club president, junior Nolan Bryant.
Woodley said that sometimes discussions get off topic, but that’s okay because the students love of reading still comes across in the side conversation. She said it’s fun to get everybody’s perspective on genres and she’s been introduced to books through the recommendation of club members.
The books vary in length and the club can take anywhere from two weeks to a semester to finish a book.
Woodley said she’s very proud of the books the club chooses. They always choose interesting books that aren’t always the latest or most popular. For example the club is currently reading The Book Thief, and the first book chosen by the club was The Outsiders.
In addition to books, the club watches and discusses movies after reading the books they’re based off of. For example, last year they watched Wonder, which Bryant complimented for actually being pretty close to the book.
The club adviser is McNary’s librarian Mrs. Jeanne Woodley.
Bryant said most book club meetings have 6-12 students show up, in addition to science teacher Mrs. Mandy Elder and retired social studies teacher Mr. Gary Bulen. Despite having three teachers involved however, the club is primarily student run, which was a goal of Woodley’s from the beginning.
Bryant said the milestones the club sets are one of the biggest problems with turnouts, and if someone doesn’t reach the milestone they usually won’t come to the meeting.
Woodley echoed this saying each kid is so busy and it’s hard to assign a deadline and say ‘you’ve got to read this’.
“It’s a fun way to be around people,” Bryant said. “I like reading, it’s fun to surround yourself with people of the same mindset.” He also said that the snacks served at club are nice.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 9. Woodley welcomed anyone to the club that loves to read, and says just because they’ve started a book, doesn’t mean you can’t add to the discussion. They do a lot of comparing and so even if you haven’t read The Book Thief the other books you’ve read can contribute to discussion. She said members don’t have to come every week if they can’t. She mentioned one student who’s often busy during meetings but will come in to check in on what book they’re reading what milestone they’ve set in case she is available.
Woodley said anyone who comes to a book club won’t be crashing the party, they’ll be joining it.
Last parent-teacher conference the club put on a book drive to give books to the community.