Story by Anjali McDaniel

Reading, exploring, discussions, and learning about new ideas and viewpoints can all be acquired through Dutch Fork’s book club led by English teacher, Jay Gilliam.

“I started the club because students wanted to discuss more about what they read and the same students were interested in seeing films of the books they read, so they would be able to go and see the book on their own and then we were able to discuss the similarities and differences of the different mediums,” Gilliam said.

Book Club provides students that are interested in reading a chance to explore beyond a regular class discussion of a book and fully understand what they are reading.

“We discuss books that we have chosen to read together and we analyze the structure of the texts and how the author portrays the story. It is a great experience and really helps me learn the content better,” junior Maya Fanning said.

Students should learn about book club if they are interested in writing, reading, or having discussions about topics that they have read.

“People should join book club if they enjoy reading a book and entering a new world of work,” junior Jordan Rice said, “It’s a fun, open environment to discuss different works of literature and grow our knowledge. Plus, we always have good snacks.”

The club also provides a safe place for students to come together to discuss, and also make friends along the way.

“I think everyone should know that Mr. Gilliam and all of the guests that come are awesome and friendly, and they make book club really fun and really enjoyable. We always learn something new; it’s such a great experience altogether,” Maya said.

Reading can always help bring about different viewpoints and discussions that help students advance in their knowledge, and book club can possibly help students further achieve these qualities.

“I think it provides a chance for people to talk to others about what they have read independently,” Gilliam said, “And to also encourage others to read beyond just what’s required and think about how those readings can help them become better thinkers.”

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