The library’s virtual do-it-at-home book clubs for all ages continue! The best part? Everyone who participates gets to keep the book!
There are four age categories: grades K-3, grades 3-5, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12. Every book will come with a blank review form, a few questions, and a few small activities or crafts that tie into the book.
All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want! Visit the library to pick up your free packet, either in person or via curbside service.
We will also have a post for each book on https://www.splyouth.org for anyone who wants to discuss the book. If you’d prefer not to go online, fill out the included review sheets and get them back to the library, and we can post your comments for you!
Even better, everyone who either posts on our site or brings back anything included with the book will also get a small prize at the library!
The books are:
•Grades K-3: Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin. Farmer Brown is going on vacation. He asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. ‘But keep an eye on Duck. He’s trouble.’
Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown’s notes exactly. He orders pizza with anchovies for the hens, bathes the pigs with bubble bath, and lets the cows choose a movie. …Is that he giggling he hears?
•Grades 3-5: The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck. On a mountainside in Japan, two boys enjoy a humble life governed by age-old customs. Jiya belongs to a family of fishermen; his best friend, Kino, farms rice.
But when a neighboring volcano erupts and a tidal wave swallows the village – including Jiya’s family – life as they know it is changed forever.
The orphaned Jiya must learn to come to terms with his grief. Now facing a profoundly different life than the one he’d always taken for granted, he must decide on a new way forward.
•Grades 5-8: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies.
They’re just tricksters parents make up to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest.
Those shining yellow eyes that followed her to the edge of the trees, they couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they? When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger speaking to the town witch at the market the next day, she knows something unexpected is about to happen.
And when this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne’s house, Corinne is sure that danger is in the air. She soon finds out that bewitching her father, Pierre, is only the first step in Severine’s plan to claim the entire island for the jumbies.
•Grades 9-12: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.
But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day, to whisk him away on a journey ‘there and back again’.
They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon..
For more information, call 419-826-2760, visit https://www.splyouth.org or http://www.swantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit the library. Swanton Library is located at 305 Chestnut Street in Swanton.