AUBURN PUBLIC LIBRARY receives ‘Great Stories Club’ book club programming grant for teens

Auburn Public Library has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program designed for at-risk teens.

As one of the 50 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country — and only one of two in New England — the Auburn Public Library, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine – Lewiston/Auburn Clubhouse, will work with groups of 6 to 10 teens to read and discuss modern novels.  The teenage years are a particularly difficult time for many, and it’s easy to become insular and detached from the people and ideas around you.   We are excited that, with support from the Great Stories Club program, we are offering our teens a new avenue in which to read, share and reflect on ideas that are relevant to their lives.

Under the theme “Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution,” teens chosen to participate will read three titles: “Feed” by M.T. Anderson, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins,  and “March: Book One” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. The titles — selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars — were chosen to resonate with reluctant teen readers who struggle with complex issues.  Through book discussions and activities, participants will reflect on what part the media plays in shaping who we are and how we interact with one another.

The Auburn Public Library will receive copies of each of the three book selections for participants to keep.  Gatherings of the Great Stories Club at the Auburn Public Library will begin in January.  For more information, contact Donna Wallace, Teen Librarian. She can be reached by email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org or by phone at 333-6640, ext. 4.