Great Stories Club begins March 31st! (date change)

Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide

The Auburn Public Library, in partnership with Outright LA, has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program about teen violence and suicide.

As one of 75 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country, the Auburn Public Library will work with a group of teens to read and discuss three books in which protagonists deal with issues surrounding teen violence, bullying and suicide.  The book titles, within the above theme, will include: “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini, and “Romeo & Juliet” (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels), illustrated by Matt Weigle.  These titles, selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars, were chosen to resonate with reluctant readers who struggle with complex issues in their young lives.

The introductory meeting of Structures of Suffering will take place on Friday, March 31, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the library.  Meetings will continue every 2 to 3 weeks, concluding in early June.  Participants will get to keep copies of the books for their personal libraries.

Teens interested in being considered for this book club should contact Donna Wallace via email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org or by phone at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.