Family Book Club Aims to Engage Families With Reading

By Brandon Hansen / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 9/20/22

Families are invited to participate in the Yelm Timberland Library’s “Family Book Club” program. The event provides the opportunity for families to read the same book and discuss …

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Family Book Club Aims to Engage Families With Reading

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Families are invited to participate in the Yelm Timberland Library’s “Family Book Club” program. The event provides the opportunity for families to read the same book and discuss it.

People can pick up a copy of “Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch” by Julie Abe. This will be the first book in the Family Book Club program. Participants will have until Nov. 12 to read the book.

“This program is aimed at school aged children, third, fourth, and fifth graders especially, and their adults (parents, guardians, grandparents, etc.),” Youth Services Librarian Elizabeth Kalen said. “They can read the book together or separately depending on their age and what works for their family. We also have audiobook copies of the title available.”

Kalen said that reading together is a great way to foster a lifelong love for reading, while spending quality time together as a family.

“It can also be a great way of sparking conversations with kids,” Kalen said. “I know that I have really fond memories of being read aloud to as an older kid both by my fourth and fifth grade teachers and also by my mom who had a tradition of reading aloud to me for at least a half hour before bed until I was in junior high. It’s also a great way of engaging reluctant readers.”



Kalen said the books chosen will feature mostly chapter books aimed at older elementary kids in third grade and up.

“(Eva Evergreen) is a fantastic read and if you like Studio Ghibli movies or books like The Spiderwick Chronicles or the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, it will be right up your alley,” Kalen said. “There are a lot of fantastic books in this category in general and the hardest part for me is just selecting a few titles.”

Kalen will read the books first and come up with discussion questions to get the conversation started between family members.

For more information about the Yelm Timberland Library, people can go online to www.trl.org.

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