Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Great Stories CLUB

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Birmingham Public Library selected to host “Great Stories CLUB” book discussion program for teens.

The Birmingham Public Library in partnership with The Opportunity Academy at Riggins (T.O.A.R.), a Birmingham City School, has been selected to host a three-part reading and discussion series called the “Great Stories CLUB.” The library is one of over 180 libraries nationwide, and the only one in Alabama, selected to receive this grant from The American Library Association (ALA).

The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books) is a reading and discussion program designed to give teens a chance to read and discuss great books that are relevant to the challenges in their lives. The books and resources for the Great Stories CLUB have been provided by a grant from the American Library Association Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library Service Association.

Each title selected for the program focuses on a character who struggles with a serious challenge. As a recipient of this grant The Birmingham Public Library will receive programming resources as well as copies of the following books for distribution to the students at T.O.A.R.

Born Blue by Han Nolan
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

The discussions will be facilitated by librarians and are scheduled for September, October, and November at the T.O.A.R. campus. For more information about the Great Stories CLUB hosted by the Birmingham Public Library, contact Janine Langston at 205-322-6371. For information about the Great Stories Club national initiative, visit www.ala.org/greatstories.

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