Great Stories Club: Teens, Books, and Much More at Laman Library

The Great Stories Club (GSC) is a discussion club sponsored by the American Library Association, but the focus of our GSC, run at Laman Library, is to provide a monthly club for teens who want to engage with BIPOC stories, authors, creators, and local organizations.

GSC meetings at Laman Library are a monthly gathering that begins with a meal from a local eatery, such as pizza, tacos, wraps, or chicken, allowing teens to connect with one another. Following the meal, they dive into the month's chosen book. Even if a teen hasn't finished or started the book, they are encouraged to participate in the discussion. The club reads key sections together and engages in open conversations. The meetings provide a space for free thought, tough questions, and honest answers. After the discussion, participants have the chance to get creative and express the emotions, concepts, and lessons that arose.

Here are the upcoming books and their meeting dates:

November 15 at 4 PM - Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
December 6 at 4 PM - Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
January 17 at 4 PM - The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
February 21 at 4 PM - The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzamo
March 27 at 4 PM - Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez
April 17 at 4 PM - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
May 15 at 4 PM - Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott

The Great Stories Club is open to any student aged 14-18, with each meeting accommodating up to eight students. Participants receive a free copy of the month's book and enjoy free food at the meetings. Reminders are sent out a week before, the day before, and on the day of each GSC meeting you sign up for.

If you have any questions or wish to sign up for the GSC, you can contact Bekah at the Loft or email her at Join us on this literary journey and explore these captivating stories!