By: Rylee Palmer, Contributing Writer
Centralia High School(CHS) Book Club has offered students a welcoming environment to talk about reading with their classmates.
The group meets in the library every other week during each lunch period to talk about an independent book they are reading. Anyone is welcome as long as they are reading a book. Book Club has inspired many students to get back into a habit they have lost or even start something they have never done before.
“The moment I heard that Mrs. Hempen was starting a book club for the students, I knew it would be incredible for our student body. Not only does it allow students to discuss what they are reading with their peers, it encourages students to try different types of books and to read for pleasure, which often gets lost under the pressure of reading for classes. For myself it is just fantastic to talk about the books I read for fun outside of the classroom! Book Club is lit, literally,“ stated Dr. Andrew Darr.
For Senior, Susanna Nix, the club allows her to hold herself accountable and continue to fit this interest of hers into her busy schedule. “I have been reading for years, and it is one of my favorite pastimes. However, Book Club helps me nurture this passion by making me stay consistent and giving me a place to talk about books I love.”
CHS librarian, Mrs. Hempen encouraged many students to get out of their comfort zones by trying a new genre. She gives the historical fiction genre, “enthusiastic recommendations,” shared senior Amy Pendergrast. Students often get stuck reading what they are familiar with or enjoy, not realizing there are other genres out there they might like just as much.
Freshman, Kendal Crosby stated, “People should join because it will encourage them to read and be excited about it because they can talk about their book in a place where no one will judge them. I have gotten support from people to keep reading and not be embarrassed about the fact that I enjoy reading.”
CHS book club was started last year and hopes to continue for years to come as students continue to recommend it to their peers.