Action Book Clubs across the country are combining reading with community service—and having fun along the way! In this series, we’re highlighting some of our favorite reading groups. To find out how you can start an Action Book Club of your own visit the program’s web page.
Action Book Club Location: Park City, Utah
Good Read: Books from the Action Book Club’s “Good Neighbors” list
Good Deed: Plant spring bulbs in your yard (or a neighbor’s)
At the Park City public library, you can get a book and an “action bag” to go! The library is engaging their patrons in an innovative way with a community-wide Action Book Club that rotates themes each season and provides a new take-away activity each month.
“We found that the Action Book Club has been a great way to create community while we are apart during Covid!” said adult services librarian Kate Mapp.
Each theme celebrates the joy of reading and the power of literacy, the library says. Their October theme is “Good Neighbors,” with book suggestions coming from the very first Action Book Club recommended reading list. “People don’t need to read the same book to discuss what being a good neighbor is,” youth and Spanish services librarian Katrina Kmak told the Park Record. “So kids can read books on their reading level, but still be able to talk with their parents or siblings about what being a good neighbor means to them.”
For their October Action Book Club project, participants are invited to pick up an activity bag of spring flower bulbs, with instructions to plant the bulbs in their own yards or a neighbor’s yard (with permission) so beautiful blooms will appear in the spring. In November, the activity bag will include stationary, so Action Book Club members can write appreciation letters to their neighbors.
“We can accommodate curbside pickup or people can come into the library and grab one. We created these kits to build up our community so we can still feel connected during these pandemic times,” Kmak said.
The librarians hope Action Book Club members will come up with their own good-neighbor activity ideas, too. (Though, personally, we love to imagine dozens and dozens of bulbs from this Action Book Club project coming to life this spring!) Keep up the great work, Park City Library!
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