Book Club Inspires Students to Embrace Their Inner "Bookworm"
By Mouree Khan
Starting off as a probable idea and a mere shrug of the shoulders, the Book Club blossomed into an extraordinary opportunity for many. Also known as the Bookworms, the Book Club was created to ensure that one’s underlying charisma and inner love for reading would not go unnoticed.
Curiosity ran free that day when several peers and I sat down to elaborate on ideas for a group classroom discussion. Who would have known that one task so small would result in such a big change, making a difference for us and for Hillcrest? Distracted by the original assignment at hand, conversation had taken charge regarding mutual book interests and so began the start of a beautiful, brand new companionship. Engaged in a full on conversation about the characters, their emotions, student opinions, and the overall experience of interacting with the text. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas was our first heated conversation that sparked our visions of having a book club. The possibilities were endless.
My initial plan for the club was to just gather people and converse with them about our likes and dislikes regarding different books. I mean who could ever look past a group of astonishing teenagers who relished any opportunity to bury their heads in books, quiet or not? Personally if I had the great honor to get to know every single one of them, I would do it in a heartbeat. With only two meetings having taken place, I have already introduced myself to numerous new faces from different age groups, SLCs, grades and backgrounds. It literally astounded me to witness the amount of students who were interested in this one little club.
With our club growing day by day, it has truly been breathtaking to witness these sweet, timid new members of the club lose themselves in our books, and express themselves, unaware of their bashful dispositions at hand. Meetings flew by and more people started joining, showing their great interest for the club. I started to realize that this was not just a club anymore; our meetings had transcended any expectations of a traditional book club. I started to realize that we could really become something and make a difference in people’s lives. We could begin to promote functions such as book fairs, take trips to meet famous authors and most importantly, encourage the love of reading for teens and children everywhere. Is this not what a book club should ultimately aspire to achieve?
Books are rare objects that capture the essence of beauty and allow us the experience that one hopes to attain similarly how beauty is in the eye of the beholder; books play such a significant part in it. I can speak for everyone when I say that books bring people together. Of course none of it would have been possible without the confidence vested in us by our wonderful guide Mr. Cichon. We also could not show enough gratitude towards our cherished librarian, Mrs. Spoljaric, for providing her support as well as her generous donations in helping us obtain the books. The gratefulness truly comes from everyone’s hearts. We could not be more appreciative for their remarkable contributions. Joining clubs may be temporary, but building, creating and being a part of something that makes a difference lasts a lifetime.