Great Stories Club

The Great Stories Club is a literature-based library outreach program that gives underserved youth the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas on topics that resonate with them.

Learn more about ALA's reading and discussion program for underserved youth.

Thanks to these librarians, humanities scholars, authors and other advisors to the Great Stories Club.

All libraries are invited to access free Great Stories Club materials, including book lists, discussion questions and more.

ALA has worked with external evaluators to assess the Great Stories Club's impact.

Learn how your library can be part of an upcoming round of the Great Stories Club.

Learn about the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Great Stories Club.

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Since Great Stories Club started in 2006, host libraries and organizations have implemented the program in various ways — in person and online, and with different groups of young people, including those in alternative schools, correctional facilities, juvenile detention centers, or those experiencing homelessness or other trauma.

Guidelines are available, but the program is flexible. Many librarians and community Great Stories Club leaders have shared how they tailored the book groups to their communities.

The Great Stories Club is an initiative of the American Library Association's Public Programs Office.