Hillsboro libraries to start book club for boys

In an attempt to attract boys to the fun and enjoyment of reading, Hillsboro Public Library and Hillsboro Elementary and Middle schools are launching a new library program called ?Guys Read.?

?Guys Read? is a monthly book discussion group open to boys in upper elementary through eighth grade. The program is developed to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers by helping them find books they want to read and introducing the participants to male reading role models from around the community.

?We would like guys to know reading can be much more than achieving the necessary AR points for school,? said Cathleen Fish, Hillsboro Public Library director. ?It can be fun?a lifelong joy and hobby.?

?Guys Read? book discussions will meet at a time and date yet to be determined by the majority of participants? needs and their mentor. The program is free and open to boys in grades four through eighth grade.

During the summer months, the group will meet on a weekday afternoon at the Hillsboro City Building. Exceptions to grade levels may be made according to interests and reading levels of participants.

Hillsboro Public Library received a $250 grant from the State Library of Kansas to purchase book club kits for the program, which includes multiple copies of titles selected to appeal to guys, discussion guides for leaders/mentors and other book-related material.

Titles owned by Hillsboro Public Library are, ?Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson story,? published by Zonder?kidz; ?I Have a Bad Feeling About This,? by Jeff Strand; and ?Unstoppable,? by Tim Green.

Other titles are available through participating libraries.

For more information, or if you are interested in becoming a leader/mentor, contact Cathleen Fish at 620-947-3827 or e-mail hillsboro?publiclib@gmail.com.

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