Youth Services Guides

Teen Book Clubs

The UA High School Book Club

This club meets once a month in the LC classroom at 3:00 pm. Juice and cookies are provided by the Upper Arlington Public Library Friends of the Library Board. Each month the group decides on a book to read for the following meeting. Please join us - all are welcome!

For general guidelines to starting and running a bookclub, click here.

How-To: Get a Book Club Started...and Keep it Going

Tips for Teens about Starting a Successful Book Club

1. Find a group

Book clubs are a great way to connect with your friends and to meet new people! Get started by gathering a few friends or ask around to see if anyone is interested in joining a book club, 4-12 members is an excellent size for a book group. You'll need enough people for a lively discussion, but not so many that it will be hard to organize and prevent people from talking.

2. Establish how the book club will be run

It's important to be organized! Once you have all the details your group will run more smoothly. Start by asking questions, like:

  • How often will your book club meet?
  • Will you have a leader?
  • Where will you meet?
  • Do the members of your book club have other activities like sports or school groups that you'll need to plan around?

3. Determine what your group wants to read

This can be the most exciting—and frustrating part! Once you've gathered a group, discuss what kinds of books you would like to read. Remember that it will be hard to pick a book that everyone will love, but it's important to compromise and try to pick something everyone is interested in. Some groups let members take turns picking books, others allow everyone to make books suggestions and then draw a title randomly. But just try to remember that this is a great opportunity to share a book, or try a new one!

How to prepare to Discuss a Book with a Book Club

1. Read carefully

Take your time reading the book. Get to know the characters and pay attention to details. Try to keep an open mind and look at the book from as many different perspectives as possible.

2. Take notes

Taking notes can help you to remember passages that were particularly meaningful or that helped you understand the book. Notes may be simple bits of information or whole passages you might want to share! When discussing the book later, your notes will be a valuable part of the discussion and will help you feel prepared. Post-it notes are a great way to mark pages and write notes without loosing your place.

3. Questions, questions, questions

Asking questions is a big part of preparing for a book discussion. There are often more questions than answers, but a good book discussion will focus on asking difficult questions and trying to answer them. For example, you might ask:

  • What is the author trying to say?
  • Does the book have a message?
  • Are problems or issues resolved?
  • How is the book written and what is the style?
  • Who are the characters and what do they want?

How to keep your book club discussion fun and friendly

1. Come prepared

Bring your notes or questions about the book. These will provide easy talking points for you to join the discussion and share your thoughts. Plus it's easier to speak up, when you are prepared!

2. Speak up

Don't be afraid to share your opinions! Speaking up and joining the conversation is what makes book discussions so exciting—everyone has a chance to take part and share their own unique point of view.

3. Remember to listen

Just as it's important to speak up, it's equally important to listen! Don't interrupt someone else, and make sure everyone gets a chance to speak. A good book discussion should allow each participant to have a considerate audience when sharing.

4. Thoughtfulness

Be thoughtful when discussing, you might not agree with what someone else thinks, but they have the right to respectfully share their opinion! It's helpful to remember that there are many points of view and every question may have different answers for different people. Just because you don't agree with someone, doesn't mean they’re wrong! It's okay to disagree in a friendly, respectful manner!

5. Have fun!

You might want to bring snacks, take time to play a short game, or plan a fun activity for your group that relates to the book. Most of all, remember that your book club should be a time to share your thoughts and feelings about a book and have a good time with new and old friends.

Book discussion resources you might want to check-out

Online Safety Information for Parents

The Upper Arlington Public Library provides access to the Internet and other electronic resources to satisfy the evolving needs of the community.

Safety of visiting children is of great importance to UAPL.

Online Resources

Please check out these websites for information on how to inform yourself, and to guide your child as he or she learns to navigate the internet.

Books and DVDs on the subject

  • Cyber-safe Kids, Cyber-savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly, by Nancy E. Willard (025.04Wi.) | Request This Item
  • Internet Safety by Lisa M. Herrington (004.678 He.) | Request This Item
  • Internet Safety 101, Empowering Parents, DVD-NF (004.678 In.) | Request This Item
  • A Parents' Video Guide to Facebook, A Step-by-step Video Tour of to Help your Kids Online (DVD-NF 004.69 Pa.) | Request This Item

UAPL Services for Teachers

Teacher Cards

Any full-time or part-time teacher living or working in Upper Arlington can apply. This privilege extends to homeschoolers and those teaching in a public, private or parochial school. Teachers will not pay overdue fines but are still responsible for the replacement cost of any lost or damaged items.

Loan periods:

  • Books and audiobooks circulate for 28 days
  • CDs circulate for 14 days
  • DVDs circulate for 7 days

Eligible items autorenew up to 10 times. Items reserved by other patrons or that have reached their renewal limit will not renew.

Stop by any UAPL location to apply. Please bring proof of teaching employment, such as a recent pay stub, or approval letter from school district for current homeschooling year.
The teacher card is to be used for classroom items only.

Teacher Collections

Our experienced youth staff would like to help you find materials for your classroom. In order to serve you better, please note the following guidelines:

  • Teacher collections are available only to patrons with teacher cards.
  • Staff require 5 business days to gather your materials.
  • Your collection will be available for pick-up 5 days after the day of your request. If you would like to have your collection available on a later date please set a future date below.
  • Requests may be placed up to two weeks in advance.
  • Your collection will be held at the circulation department for 3 days. You will find your collection on the “Teacher Collection” reserve shelf near the alphabetized holds.
  • You may place one collection at a time, and as soon as the first is picked up we can start working on another.
  • Any number of subjects may be requested for a collection, but the total number of books in a collection will be 30 books or less.
  • We would be happy to include up to 5 specific titles.
  • Seasonal/Holiday items are limited to 5 items and are subject to availability.
  • Online Teacher Collection requests are available at Lane and Tremont only.

Book Discussion Bags

Ask about our selection of Book Discussion Bags. Each bag contains nine or ten copies of the discussion title. Many include discussion questions and extension ideas. We have titles for grades 2-5, middle school and high school, as well as adults. See collection of book discussion bags in our catalog.

Discovery Kits

Discovery Kits are perfect for preschool and early elementary classrooms. Each themed box contains five books and a variety of music, extension activities, games, and more. Some sample themes are dental health, Ohio, colors, transportation and ecology. Find Discovery Kits in our catalog.

Educator Resources

Our Tremont Youth Services has a special collection of materials just for educators! Among this collection you can find Preschool and early elementary curriculum resources and subject-specific resources for all grade levels.

Online Databases

With your library card, you have access to a variety of resources that can assist you with lesson planning and student research needs.

  • Novelist K-8 Plus can help you search for books by lexile, genre, and interest level. Don't have time to read them all? Print book talks and book lists.
  • LearningExpress Library is a great place to send students for test preparation. Individual accounts help students track their progress. Includes tests like the ACT, SAT, AP exams (and Praxis prep for teachers!)
  • CultureGrams has a wealth of knowledge for geography/cross-cultural studies.
  • Gale Biography in Context can help students find information on more contemporary or lesser known subjects.
  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Pop Culture Universe are great starting points for current events.
  • BookFlix and Tumblebook Library are perfect places for young students to practice their reading skills and comprehension. Students can read picture books and/or have the computer read to them. Many BookFlix titles have comprehension questions or activities available.

Take a few minutes and browse through our subject headings at the top of the database page. We are sure you will find many other resources that can be of use to you and your students.

Digital Downloads

The library has a wide variety of FREE downloadable ebooks and audio books for most electronic devices. Visit our Digital Downloads site or call our Media Services department for more details.

For Kids: Recommended Reading

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