New book club starting at Shelton library

The club is for girls in grades four through six and the ‘most important woman’ in their lives, such as mothers, grandmothers and aunts.'

Young people have so many things competing for their time that it’s difficult to find innovative ways to encourage them to read a book, said Elspeth Lydon, director of the Plumb Memorial Library in Shelton. She hopes to inspire youth to read with the launch of the Mother Daughter Book Club in January.

The club is set for girls in grades four through six and “their most important woman” in their lives. From aunts to grandmothers and mothers, the pairs will meet on a monthly basis, thanks to grants the library received.

“The format is conversation based, which means the intent is for the book content to lead to more general discussion of character, issues and themes,” said Lydon.

Will get journal, monthly door prizes

Each participant — adult and child — will receive a journal to record the books they read as they go along. It won’t just be for the Mother Daughter Book Club, but for any book they read.

“We will be offering small door prizes each month” for an adult and for a child, said Lydon. The prizes include iTunes and Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards. The plan right now is to end the six-month program with a larger party.

“We are also hoping this may keep kids interested in participating in summer reading programs as well,” said Lydon.

The books selected for the group at the library are from the Nutmeg list.

Funded by outside grant

“This is a six-month trial period, so the group will run from January through June,” said Lydon. “It was funded by a grant from Eder, to any state library that wanted to participate. We can use the $500 gift for anything we like and select any basis for the book groups as long as they are conversation-based.”

The first Mother Daughter Book Club is set for Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. at Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster St. No registration is necessary and multiple copies of the selected book are now available for pre-session reading.

For more information, call 203-924-1580.