Once a month, since the fall, a small group of teens has been meeting at East Liberty to discuss books. As the book discussion facilitator, I think you should think about joining us.
You never know what will come up in a book discussion. So far we’ve read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, Panther Baby by Jamal Joseph, and a smattering of poetry, including some of Anne Sexton’s takes on Grimm’s Fairy Tales in her Transformations.
We’ve talked about whether the American Dream is essentially depressing, how the world might look in 10-20 years time, the politics of the late 60s in America and why there’s not a Black Panther Party today, community service, and the difference between “bird sitting on a branch” poetry and poetry you might want to read.
Books are a great place to start from if you want to end up talking about anything and everything.
Next month we will be reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This is a story of a puzzle quest in an immersive online world, called OASIS, coded and put together by a reclusive computer genius obsessed with the culture of the 1980s. Whoever solves his puzzle – by successfully collecting 3 keys– will inherit a giant fortune. Five years after the announcement of the puzzle, and the genius’s death, the first key is found by a teenager in Oklahoma City. And the race is on.
So put your copy on hold today and discuss with us on Saturday, March 16th at 2 pm. 80s music and snacks provided.
-Tessa, CLP – East Liberty.
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