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LEC Is Chosen to Receive Great Stories CLUB Books

March 31, 2008

Great Stories CLUB
(Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books)

The Great Stories CLUB is a reading and discussion program that targets teens through books that are relevant to their lives. The Great Stories CLUB seeks to show that reading can be a source of pleasure, a tool for self-exploration, and a meaningful way to connect to the wider world. Its ultimate goal is to inspire young adults who face difficult situations to take control of their lives by embracing the power of reading.

The Lawrence Memorial Library is one of the 173 libraries chosen from across the nation to receive this award. Students are encouraged to participate in this program by reading and discussing the book, and they will be allowed to keep their book upon successful completion of the program. Only 10 students per session will be allowed to participate.

Interested students can come to the Lawrence Memorial Library, Room 109, to check out a copy of a book to read and discuss.

The Great Stories CLUB is organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office (PPO), in cooperation with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and major funding for the Great Stories CLUB has been provided by Oprah's Angel Network.

2008 Theme and Reading List

YALSA's Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs Committee selected "Choices" as the 2008 Great Stories Club theme.

Choices: Life is full of choices. One choice can lead to another. Some can take us down the wrong path, and others can lead us to glory. Our background leads us down a road that is chosen for us, but eventually we choose our own path.

The following titles that relate to the theme "Choices" have been selected for the 2008 Great Stories CLUB reading list:

April 30, 2008
Tyrell by Coe Booth
Tyrell can't get a break. He is living in a shelter with his mom and little brother, his father is serving time in jail, and his girlfriend is supporting him. He is desperate to find a way to make money to get himself out of this slump.

May 14, 2008
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
The author tells how he was able to rise above an arrest for smuggling drugs and doing time in jail and become an acclaimed writer for teens and children.

May 28, 2008
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Thirteen-year-old Lakshimi is sold into prostitution in Calcutta when her Nepal village is hit by a monsoon. Drugged, raped, and beaten, she must find a way to escape.