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Introducing the Beastie Book Club

Posted Monday, January 28, 2013, at 10:05 PM

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My name is Sashary White and I have the pleasure of founding and running the Marshall Public Library's Teen Program, the BBC or Beastie Book Club.

The Beastie Book Club was brought into existence by the thoughtful minds of 18 teens (ranging from 5th-8th graders) on Aug. 6, 2012; these teens named themselves and started down a path filled with learning, crafts, books and games.

Originally, I had an idea that was more of a wish, I wanted to get Middle School students to read and not just when they had to, I wanted them to want to read. I'll admit when I started this program I was rather skeptical, I wasn't even sure I'd ever personally witnessed a middle school student reading without duress, but I had this tiny flame of hope that maybe, just maybe, I could get students from Bueker to willingly walk into the Marshall Public Library and stay long enough for me to convince them to devote their Thursday afternoons to the joys of literature and crafting.

This club has done amazing things; I have witnessed teens coming into the library of their own freewill, giving me their time and insight. Teens, who the first day told me "Reading is dumb," later informed me that they liked Where the Red Fern Grows.

Teens in this program have sought me out and told me about books they have read and ones that I should; they have asked what they should read and talked to me about crafts they're proud of. Over the course of the last four months our attendance for this weekly program has been 160 students (even with our December break), which is something I'm incredibly proud of. That's not to say I really had a huge hand in this number; that honor goes to the parents who are amazing enough to bring their children and help foster a love of reading.

The Beastie Book Club also hosted a Marshall Public Library Halloween Party; this occasion was complete with games, scavenger hunts, costume contests, photo booths and more. We hope to make this an annual occasion and would love for teens to join us in the future. That goes double for our current Beastie book Club meetings, we meet in the meeting rooms every Thursday for our craft focused program, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Our second program takes place Saturday mornings (Except the 3rd Saturday of every month) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This program is more reading focused; in fact it is an interactive book club that I hope will facilitate reading as well as in-depth discussion about the literature.

All teens are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there!

To learn more about the Beastie Book Club and see pictures of our crafts visit our blog:


For any further questions you can contact the Marshall Public Library at: 660-886-3391.

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