November 28, 2017
Many of you have been walking these halls for years. Yet there are some clubs that most students haven't heard of, myself included, because they rarely have the spotlight; one of them being the EHS Book Club.
To find out more about this club, I interviewed three seniors that Mrs. Wiles, the club advisor, recommended to me: Janel LaPalm, Christina LaPalm, and Suki Zhao. All three seniors are in their second year of Book Club.
“What do you do in Book Club?”
Suki: “Well, we read books, obviously.”
Janel: “We read about four or five books throughout the year, all of which we vote on. At the start of the year, we have a lot of meetings to vote and to decide what events we’ll take part in. Like last year, where we helped the Silver Linings club with the book drive.”
“Do you have to pay for the books?”
Christina: “No, it’s completely free. The books are provided to us by the Friends at the Library. They donated hundreds of dollars for our books.”
Janel: “The Women’s Club donates money for snacks that we eat while meeting.”
“When are meetings and how do they go?”
Christina: “We meet after reading each book. Usually, we’re given about two or three months to read each book, but it just depends how long the book is. Typically, Saturday mornings are when we have the meetings at the public library.”
Suki: “Those meetings are for book discussions. We have smaller, more frequent meetings at school during second lunch in Mrs. Wiles room (Room F630), just for agenda and housekeeping topics.”
“What happens if you don’t finish the book by the next meeting?”
Christina: “I think it’d be fine. I mean, if you flat out didn’t read it, I think that’s a bit inexcusable. But we understand that, sometimes, life just gets in the way. Anyway, during the public library meetings, we discuss what we read and thought while we munch on snacks.”
Janel: “It’s really nice when we have winter meetings. We arrive, and we’re cold, but then we get to sip on hot chocolate and eat cookies.”
“Sounds sweet [har, har]. What do you guys like about the meetings, or Book Club in general?”
Janel: “I think it’s pretty cool because many of us club members love reading, yet we don’t have discussions unless it’s a school book; unfortunately, with that comes homework, making it less fun. In here, there’s no homework, no obligations. You get to roll around your insights on the books. I can sit there and be like, “Whoa! I never thought of it that way.” We all always end up perceiving the book in another way than before, and we leave liking the book on another level.”
Christina: “No two people ever read the same books. Fortunately, here in Book Club, we have books read by us all, so it’s easy to start a conversation. I think it’s amazing, because you’re in a room full of people who are just as passionate about reading as you are. It’s great when everyone starts off disliking the book, until we exchange viewpoints, and it’s like, ‘Wow.’”
Suki: “We leave loving the book. You know, what’s really nice is we get a say in what book we read. In class, we don’t; either read it or fail.”
With that, the interview ended, and I thanked each of the girls for their time. To find out more, speak with Mrs. Wiles in Room F630, or consider joining Book Club to experience it for yourself.