The Space Book Club is a community-based literacy and social program for kids, adolescents and adults. The Club includes five to eight people with a wide range of reading skills who gather once a month at the Space Station, in bookstores, cafés, and, increasingly, libraries. The Club aims to further promote literacy through reading and sharing non-fiction titles from popular authors.
The purpose of The Space Book Club is to provide readers with a shared reading experience about space and science that leads to open dialogue and celebrates the joy of reading and learning.
The Space Book Club will be facilitated by Literacyworks and Space Station staff. Participants are expected to be actively involved in various reading activities and discussion topics related to the title.
Every month. In the first meeting you will receive a calendar showing the book club meeting dates. Each meeting will last for approximately 1.5 hours.
No, this is a free activity.
In discussing the need for book clubs, researcher Taffy E. Raphael, Oakland University (MI) stated: “To learn to read well, all students need to read thought-provoking, age-appropriate books. They also need to respond thoughtfully to these books in talk, writing, and as they read other texts.”
Book clubs are opportunities for individuals to choose what they read, when they read, where they read, how they read, and with whom they read. The key concept here is choice. In order to carry out book clubs successfully, members must work together to negotiate places and times to meet, along with the pacing and discussion of the books. They take on responsibility for their own literacy learning. They learn to value one another as readers and learners. This is what we strive to achieve with kids, adolescents and adults though thought provoking discussion about books on space and science.