In addition to the North Battleford Public Library hosting it’s monthly adult book club Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., the establishment will also be starting a new teen book club to meet monthly beginning Jan. 29 at 4 p.m.
Meeting the last Monday of the month, the adult book club will be discussing The Underground Railroad by Colson White, while the teen book club, on Tuesday, will be discussing Highly Illogical Behavior, written by John Corey Whaley.
Candice Froess, who started the new reading group for youth, said she began her quest for the right book to kick things off the first month by searching online through a number of renowned teen literature. Then, she narrowed down the options she deemed as pertinent and relatable to teenagers from a variety of backgrounds.
“This first one is about a teenager who is dealing with mental illness, so I thought that was a really good story to pick up on that we could get a good discussion going with,” she said.
The teen book club will meet the last Tuesday of each month about 4 p.m., a time Froess says should be convenient for students, just after school.
Partnering with Battlefords Concern for Youth, Froess said the community organization has offered to help out by offering rides for students in need to attend the teen book club.
Froess, who just recently started working at the library in late 2018, said the idea of a book club geared towards teenagers in the community is something she thought of shortly after starting at the library, as a way to offer a fun learning environment to help youth develop an interest in books.
As for why she believes reading is important for young people in the community, Froess said the benefits that come as a result of reading are numerous to say the least.
“Reading expands the mind,” she said. “Reading allows you to kind of see into different worlds and be in different worlds. It helps to be able to develop your imagination.”
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