I was a participant in Book Club last spring, and now this spring I find myself once again participating in this distinct community. During both seasons of Book Club I’ve noticed the overwhelming benefits for all involved because it challenges each individual to communicate effectively, participate actively, and share bold insights with the group. Another clear benefit is the self reflection that Book Club fosters through writing exercises and dynamic topics. This spring the focus has shifted from week to week, whereas last spring we read the play version of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Though last spring was successful, the open-ended nature of the current Book Club has allowed both outside and inside students to influence what we learn about each week. This term in particular seems to ignite lively discussion as well as solid chemistry between the UO students and the youth. The challenge this quarter has been choosing topics that are appropriate in nature but also intriguing. The more difficult topics have been received well because the community created in Book Club has been based on mutual respect, trust, and the desire to enjoy each other’s company. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a member of Book Club and I suspect the feeling is shared by my fellow inside and outside students.
A particularly enthusiastic inside student has been leading us in a hearty cheer at the end of each session, so let me conclude now in 3, 2, 1, “BOOK CLUB!”
U of O