Launch of the book club – Vandegrift Voice
“It was practically dead all last year,” Martinez said. “Now we are trying to resuscitate him. Bring people in, make it a fun and lively environment for everyone.
As a result of COVID-19, many clubs in the school have taken a hard hit in terms of attendance and popularity. Shifting from face-to-face to virtual learning, core classes have canceled student time and attention rather than looking for extracurricular activities. A new year means a new agenda. Club presidents Yness Martinez and Abby Lincks want to make an effort to get students back to do what they love, especially those who love to read.
Whether you enjoy reading a six hundred page novel, graphic novel, fan fiction, or magazine, the Book Club is for anyone interested in reading.
“Our goal is to create an inclusive environment for a variety of students,” Martinez said.
“It doesn’t matter if you haven’t opened a book in months or read five a day. Everyone is welcome.
The agendas of the meetings will be flexible according to the interests of the members. A general discussion of favorite / least favorite books and authors, specific genres, or even the whole club reading the same book are all options considered.
“Let’s say a genre that you primarily reach is science fiction, however, another person has never read a science fiction book,” Lincks said. “Tell me which science fiction book I should read then.”
Lincks wants people to get to know each other through books. While discussion is an important part of the book club, the goal is to get people reading and having fun reading it.
“Books can improve reading speed, comprehension and just the general mind,” Martinez said. “It’s so important to learn to love reading at this age, it will be a part of the rest of your life.
They’ve already generated interest online, with one future member being junior Jasmine Shinsel.
“I am delighted to be able to celebrate the differences in people’s personal preferences,” said Shinsel. “I am an avid reader, I read most of my free time.”
Not everyone spends a lot of time reading and the Co-Chairs do not expect it. Everyone has different reading preferences such as manga, graphic novels, fan fiction, magazines, short stories, novels, anything that piques interest.
“It can really be any type of literature, we want everyone to try to bring something to the table,” Martinez said. “Whether it’s a heated discussion or a five-page list of East Asian development recommendations, it can really be anything.
Book club meetings are held once a month on a Wednesday at the library during PIT. Updates regarding meeting dates will be posted on the book club’s Instagram account. Additional updates such as meeting agendas, club activities and any other books will also be available through social media and school news.
“Our first book club meeting for this 2021 school year will be on Wednesday (8/25) during PIT in the library,” said Lincks. “Do not hesitate to register for this PIT. Yness and I can’t wait to start this year.
Instagram handle: VHS Book Club