Great Stories CLUB

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( Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books)

About the GSC

The Great Stories Club (GSC) was a reading and discussion program that targeted underserved, troubled teen populations. The program reached teens through books that are relevant to their lives, inviting them to read and keep the books, and encouraging them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers. It sought to show that reading can be a source of pleasure, a tool for self-exploration, and a meaningful way to connect to the wider world. Its ultimate goal was to inspire young adults who face difficult situations to take control of their lives by embracing the power of reading. A project of the ALA Public Programs Office and YALSA, the Great Stories Club was funded by a grant from Oprah’s Angel Network.

Current Programs

Applications for the Great Stories Club on the theme “Second Chances” (Round IV) were accepted through November 14, 2010. Programs ran in 150 participating libraries from February 1 through September 30, 2011. You can view a list of the Round IV recipients here.

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Past Programs

Please visit ProgrammingLibrarian.org for reading lists and other support materials from prior rounds of the Great Stories Club.

Questions about the Great Stories Club may be directed to Lainie Castle at lcastle@ala.org or 312-280-5055.


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