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EHS Breakfast Book Club Celebrates 20 Years of Reading

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The EHS Breakfast Book Club started as a way to bring readers together to talk about books. The formula was simple: a school librarian, an English teacher, students, bagels, and books. Teachers saw students wanting to connect with other students and adults about reading, so a program was created for them. For almost a quarter of a century, Breakfast Book Club readers have been turning pages together.

Breakfast Book Club is open to students grades 9-12 and meets four times a year to discuss our books. Sometimes everyone likes the book, but more often than not, they don’t, and that adds to the richness of the discussion. In addition, sometimes students are fortunate enough to connect with the authors (in-person or online), which allows for readers to ask questions about characters, the writer’s inspirations, and personal writing habits.

What is the impact of this program? A place has been carved out in our school community for readers to gather with other readers, analyze books, and explore stories they might not have chosen on their own. The EHS Breakfast Book Club is led by EHS Media Specialist, Sara Swenson and EHS Language Arts teacher, Sarah Burgess. Throughout our 20 years, we have read a combined total of 87 books, connected with 21 award-winning and best-selling authors, and welcomed over 1,000 students into our club. EHS teachers intentionally created a program where students can work on developing assets necessary to be successful in the future, as well as help students grow in their reading lives and start to make bridges to different types of books - and our list of past reads reflects that philosophy!