June 24, 2020

Virtual Summer Book Clubs

by Heather Novotny, McGillis Librarian

Joining a book club is a great way to stay connected to friends and classmates this summer. In a book club, readers share the experience of the characters, but each reader experiences the journey in a different way. This is especially true when we read diverse books, about characters who look or live differently than we do. When we meet to discuss the book, readers gain perspective and grow from their peer’s experiences.

This summer, we are trying something new: McGillis Summer Virtual Book Clubs! All McGillis students are welcome to participate, subject to enrollment. Book clubs are free, although you will have to acquire the book. Books may be checked out from your public library, using their curbside pickup service, or purchased from book stores such as The King’s English. Parents who read the books are very welcome to join the discussion with their students. We’ll meet on Zoom, and participants will get a list of discussion questions, suggested snacks, and an optional activity or craft related to the book. At the end of each meeting, I will share further book recommendations.

Enrollment is via a Google form and there is some overlap in grade recommendations so readers can choose content most appropriate for them. Each book club has a choice of two meeting times, because I want to keep enrollment small in order to ensure a fun experience for all readers where everyone may be heard.  If your child is in 3rd or 5th grade, take a look at the books and select a club based on your child’s interests and abilities. Here are the Google sign-up forms:

Please email me at with any questions. Happy reading!