HOWELL, NJ – The Monmouth County Library will be hosting a virtual book club for teens starting next month. Hosted on Webex and open to all young adults across the county, the book club will see students befriending teens from across the county while discussing fiction novels.
The first meeting of the book club will take place on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic and a lingering uncertainty over what school will look like come September, the library hopes to provide a space for teens to partake in lively discussions and dive into an engaging summer read. Book club participants will find themselves challenging their critical thinking skills and exploring their own opinions, according to one librarian.
Moderated by librarian Trish Shrodo, the first installment of the monthly event will discuss All Good Children by Catherine Austen, a dystopian thriller about an economic and ecological collapse. In choosing the novel, the library seeks to provide teen book club members with a platform to express themselves and use critical thinking skills to analyze dynamic texts.
The virtual status of the book club will also prove important to younger teens, who often rely on parents or siblings to drive them to extracurricular activities.
September’s book club meeting will see participants read Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn, a paranormal fantasy novel about grief, love and hope. Future selections will be chosen with the help of teens in the program.
Online copies of the books will be available through Ebsco Books. There is a limited number of physical books available through various Monmouth County Library branches.
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