Members of the Riley Avenue Book Club recently read, “I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens” by Lauren Tarshis. Courtesy photo: Riverhead Central School District

A book club started three years ago by Riley Avenue School’s library media specialist Amelia Estevez Creedon brings avid fourth-grade readers together to share their thoughts about books they’ve read outside of the classroom.

The students meet weekly to talk about a book they’ve read. They discuss their literary elements with each other and through an online book discussion website. The informal library setting – the students sit together with pillows and stuffed animals – contrasts with the higher level thinking skills the club’s activities promote.

“The book club is an opportunity for enrichment for students who are avid readers,” said Creedon. “Students engage with text outside the classroom in a meaningful and motivating manner.”

The students read high-interest books like “I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens” by Lauren Tarshis and “Beetle Boy” by MG Leonard. The books are donated by the school’s parent organization.

To join the club, students must show a strong interest in reading and be recommended by their classroom teacher.

Source: Press release issued by the Riverhead Central School District dated Nov. 29, 2017.

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