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School Book Club


When parents at Northwood Elementary School in Hilton, New York, wanted to become more involved in school academics, Dorothy Distefano came up with the idea of starting a book club. Within a short time, the FIRST (Families Invited to Read and Share Together) book club was up and running.

The club is divided into four groups, Distefano explained. The groups meet in the school library on a rotating schedule, with each group meeting once every six weeks. Distefano, who chooses the club's books, aims for "interesting, good-quality books" with which students might not otherwise come into contact. An adult who has read the book must accompany each student to the meeting. "We have members who have joined with family friends or aunts and uncles," Distefano said. "We even have one grandpa this session."

For more information about FIRST, and for Distefano's tips on starting your own book club, see the Education World article School Book Club Gets Kids and Adults Involved.