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    1st Book Club in School

    Hi All-I am starting the first book club in my middle
    school (we don't have club time-it is an after school
    club).

    I have done some research about book clubs, but most info
    is geared toward adults. I am in touch with our city
    library and they have offered some help (ex. book club sets
    for lending, but quantities are small).

    We want to read the same book (so far there are 30
    members-first meeting is next month) so everyone will have
    to buy or borrow a copy. I realize that is a deterrent-we
    are working on 'book scholarships' and hope that as we move
    forward we will figure out how to resolve this issue or
    alter our plan. We will break out into smaller groups. We
    also want to have activities other than book discussion
    (creative writing/art related to the current book,
    published on paper or electronically, social events for the
    whole school).

    For middle schoolers, how many pages a week seem
    reasonable, considering regular school assignments?

    I was thinking of meeting 2x's a month for an hour-too
    much, too little?

    If we do book-related events, how much time should we
    expect to focus on each book?

    Any related book club ideas/activities?

    Personal experience-success and failures?

    Thanks for any input. I am not locked into any goals yet,
    and want to let the kids drive the club.

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