The Cozby Library and Diverse Book Club invite teens 6th through 12th grade to start their Spring Break off right – with a good book! The Teen Readathon is a service event where teens try new books, share their thoughts, and earn two service hours. This program is a partnership between the Library and Grace Munro, the host of Diverse Book Club.
“With this event, I hope to get teens interested in books out of their comfort zone,” Munro said. “My hope with the Readathon is to have our attendees open up their minds to all kinds of books from all kinds of authors, and to appreciate the diverse populations surrounding us.”
When teens arrive, they will choose books from a curated selection from the Library’s juvenile and teen collections. Librarian Morgan Green-Griffin will provide personalized book recommendations for teens as needed. After 30 minutes of reading, teens will take a break to socialize, enjoy snacks, and write reviews of the books they tried. Then, they will try new books for 30 minutes and review. Reviews will be used for Library social media and displays.
Munro is a senior at New Tech High @ Coppell. Diverse Book Club and Teen Readathon are elements of her capstone project, which is focused on the transformative experiences of representation in teen literature.
“The Readathon is a win-win for the Library and teens,” Green-Griffin said. “Grace’s capstone closely aligns with the Library’s mission and the City of Coppell’s pillars of perpetuating a learning environment and fostering diversity and inclusion. We hope the Readathon’s service element will encourage readers and non-readers to try new books.”
Registration is encouraged, but not required.