For Lindsay Belew, the club has been a brain booster for all. She reminds that Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. once said, “‘A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions’ .... I love that ... (my daughter) is so interested in many different subjects of life and history! She is very proud of her large vocabulary and reading skills.”
If area book lovers want to start a similar group, what advice does the leader have? “Keep it small so everyone can share their thoughts and get a chance to choose books. Ten to 12 is the maximum number, even for adults. For kids, it also might be beneficial if they were at similar reading levels.”
Amelia points out, “Anyone can start a book club. It is a great way to make new friends.”
Jennewein contends, “I’ve seen a lot of growth in all the girls in the few months we’ve been meeting. They’ve all overcome their shyness. And they have all become friends, which is saying a lot considering they each live in different neighborhoods, are in different grades and classrooms and sometimes even at different schools.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.