It’s 6:30 on Monday and chips, popcorn and water bottles are sprawled over a table in the back of Rust Library in the Story Time Room. About ten chairs are tucked in around the table, but more keep getting added as the night goes on. More members keep trickling in for the Next Chapter Book Club meeting.
For those of you who don’t know, the Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) offers the opportunities for people with cognitive or developmental disabilities to read and learn together, talk about books, and make friends in a relaxed community setting.
Our NCBC usually meets on the first and third Monday of every month at Rust Library.
White Fang is a novel by Jack London about a half-dog/ half-wolf living in Canada during the 1890’s. We are on chapter 7 and everyone is enjoying the story so far.
As everyone starts arriving, we talk about our weekends and what book we would like to start next.
Some titles like Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson get thrown around. Every person is given the chance to suggest what he or she would like to read next. If you have any suggestions on what we should read next, let us know!
A little before 7, we dive into chapter 7.
First, we make sure everyone has a copy of the book and then we recap what happened last week for any member who missed the last meeting.The room grows quiet as the first reader begins. All you can hear is quiet crunching from popcorn being snacked on.
Everyone’s head is buried in the book. Some follow a long word by word with their bookmark.
*page flip* and the story continues you. The reader of the story switches from person to person around the room, everyone bringing a new voice to the story.
Some quiet and clear. Some loud and excited.
The NCBC is a no pressure environment- every member has the chance to read if they would like to but no one has to read.
It is inspiring to see how many members take a turn reading. All of their friends encourage them to read and stay engaged in the story the entire time.
By the time we get to Chapter 11, it is almost 8 pm. Things are not looking good for White Fang. He is in the middle of a scary but exciting fight.
We are left on a cliffhanger. What will happen to White Fang?
We will find out TONIGHT at our NCBC meeting!
If you are interested in joining us, email Tammy at email@example.com! Anyone at ANY reading level is welcome to join the club!
Come hear what happens to White Fang tonight at the Rust Library from 6:30-8pm.
To learn more: https://paxtoncampus.org/book-club/