According to ALA organizers, "The Great Stories Book Club gives at-risk, underserved youth the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas on topics that resonate with them. Organized by the American Library Association, the program has reached 700 libraries in 49 states and more than 30,000 young adults (ages 12 to 21) since 2006."
This year the Adult Services', Community Engagement Team, will be participating in the Great Stories Book Club and working in partnership with The Alachua Academy to conduct a series of book talks and activities.
The theme for this year is The Art of Change: Creation, Growth, and Transformantion, and the books selected by this year's committee are Buck: A memior by M.K. Assante, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexi, and The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. The Community Engagement Team will work in partnership with Joanna Hutchinson, the instructor for The Alachua Academy from July until September.
For those interested in participating in this project next year, "Applications for the next round of the Great Stories Club grants will be accepted from November 1—December 30, 2016; guidelines and the application will be published November 1" on the ALA website.