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Vikings Read More Challenge and Book Club

The purpose of the Vikings Read More Challenge & Book Club is to provide the SJR State community with an opportunity to address wellness, belonging, community building, and campus culture through reading and meaningful discussions.

The purpose of the Vikings Read More Challenge & Book Club is to provide the SJR State community with an opportunity to address wellness, belonging, community building, and campus culture through reading and meaningful discussions. 

Benefits of Joining

Benefits

Findings

Engagement

Book clubs improve participants’ attitudes toward reading, especially when participants have choice and autonomy.

Reading Skills

Book clubs are opportunities for the transference of instruction, which strengthens their skills.

Critical Literacy

Book clubs are spaces where participants can deconstruct and critique norms and social constructs, as they learn from various perspectives and develop empathy for others.

Discussion

Book Clubs help participants have more in-depth conversations over time as bonds between peers strengthen.

Self-Discovery

Book clubs allow participants to see themselves in a text, examine their own lives, and explore their identities.

Technology

Book clubs honor the ways participants engage with technology and how they choose to read and respond.

 

Source: Breathing New Life Into Book Clubs by Cherry-Paul & Johansen 

Vikings Read More Challenge

Read 12 Books in a Year by Reading 1 Book a Month

Each month has a focus but you pick the book! 

Pick up a tracker at the Library or print your own!  

January: Mental Health

February: Social Justice & Civil Rights

March: History

April: Self Improvement

May: Culture & Diversity Studies

June: Fiction

July: Physical Health

August: Communication & Relationships

September: Politics & Power

October: Environment & Nature 

November: Belief Systems- Religion, Spirituality, Moral Codes, & Philosophy

December: Readers Choice!

How It Works

The Vikings Read More Challenge & Book Club was created with the intention that participants will choose their own level of involvement. This means: 

  • You read when you want to read. Are you really busy this October with classes and midterms? Skip it!
  • You read what you want to read. We offer the monthly themes as a guide but the book you read is ultimately up to you. This club is flexible and we encourage you to think outside of the box! 
  • You discuss when you want to discuss. If you feel like joining for a meeting you can, and if not, we're just glad you took the time to read something- no pressure! 
  •  Questions or Concerns? Contact Librarian Brittnee Fisher at brittneefisher@sjrstate.edu

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