Monday, September 1, 2014

End-of-Summer Book Club, 8/27

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by 
Our end-of-summer book club on Wednesday was a small group.   We think many of you were out of town or on the lake enjoying the last week of summer before school starts.  As I left the house for our two hour meeting, my husband asked me, "Do you have a book to read?"  Indeed, I did!  I had two boxes of books and one sack to share.   Plus, even if no one showed up, Ms. Bowman (KCLS librarian) and I love to share our reading lives with each other.  Our own Island Books bookstore supported the evening by providing free ARCs (advance reader copies)
for any students who dropped by.  

We brought in the KCLS rocking chair, a couch, and some chairs to create a cozy space in the meeting room.  Ms. Bowman had a table for her recommended books,
I had a table for my book choices, and we had a table for the free books.
And we had cookies and cookie bars for everyone
(with enough leftovers for IMS teachers on Thursday).  

Our evening began with Ms. Bowman and me sharing our books with each other.
We were joined by two incoming sixth grade students, Olivia and Liliana.
Each of them brought a book they had recently read.
We spent the next hour talking and sharing books.  
Olivia shared The Key and The Flame.
Liliana shared Half Brother.
I love adding to my WTR (want to read) list when I chat with fellow book lovers.
Near the end of the evening Callum arrived for a
quick book share and some cookie bars.  
Callum shows off his ARC of Badger Knight.
Although our numbers may have been few, our book love was mighty.
Anytime a few people gather to talk books, there is much book love!  
Sharing book love in the town center!
We  hope to hold this book sharing event several times a year.
We'll announce future meetings at IMS, through KCLS (King County Library System),
and on the blog, Sweet Summer Reads.  


  1. Hooray for book love! I can tell that great reading and much fun was had by all.

  2. Lucky kids to both of you as reading mentors in their lives! My mom and I are in our own personal, informal book club (just the two of us), and those are some of my favorite conversations! I loved this line: Although our numbers were few, our book love was mighty!

  3. Wonderful that you're doing this, Ramona. Love the idea, the photos (that statue is wonderful), & that you have connected with the bookstore for a little kid time & books. I bet there will be more next time!

  4. I love this idea and like your said, no matter the numbers, book love is "mighty" force. You and these readers inspire me.

  5. Still promoting book love! You are awesome, Ramona! I know word will spread and your numbers will swell.

  6. What a great way for everyone to share their love of reading and introduced to books to add to the "to be read" pile.

  7. What fun to have a group like this. I have a feeling the numbers will increase once the cooler temps hit.

    Thanks for being such great reading mentors to these kids!

  8. What a wonderful group and a way to celebrate reading and readers.