WE LOVE READING! Book groups are a great way to engage with others and to make new friends while bonding over your favorite stories and through learning together.
MONDAYS 5pm: Young Adult Book Group Elizabeth Acevedo Novels This Fall we will read the first three novels of Elizabeth Acevedo: Poet X, With the Fire on High, and Clap When You Land. We will meet via Zoom at 4pm EST, and, weather permitting, “under the pines” near the OMHS tennis courts where anyone who feels comfortable can join in person at sit safely spaced.
November 16- read Clap When You Land to pg. 228
November 23- read Clap When You Land to pg. 417 (end of book)
Past Young Adult reads include: The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
TUESDAYS 5pm: Ongoing Series Book Group Harry Potter Series (all ages) We will be reading the WHOLE series! Join Alanna and the rest of our fellow Potterheads, young and not so young, to discuss, make HP crafts, and share your favorite parts. Great for those new to the series and for those who have read them dozens of times! Check out Harry Potter crafts and activities here.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - In this unique book club, participants will read aloud Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part play written by Jack Thorne. The play was inspired by the Harry Potter series and has found incredible success in theatres. Book club participants will choose roles and spend each session reading through the screenplay. No preparation or reading ahead required. Accents and costumes welcome.
WEDNESDAYS 5pm: Bestseller Book Group There There by Tommy Orange with Amy Brooks
About the Book:There, There is one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering bestselling novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable. ***Join us and invite friends and family (teens and older) for this powerful book and group conversation. You may register for reminders or share the club by using our Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bestseller-book-club-there-there-by-tommy-orange-tickets-127658549157?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing We will discuss part 1 and 2 (to pg. 155) for our first meeting on Wednesday, November 11 (5-6pm EST) We will discuss part 3 and 4 (to pg. 290/end) on Wednesday, November 18 (5-6pm EST).
There There is part of our Bestseller Books series. The books that fall under this category are great for adult and teen readers. Past Bestseller reads include: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo The Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo Untamed by Glennon Doyle
THURSDAYS 5pm: Family Book Group
Our series of Family Book Group and Diverse Voices reads are chosen to highlight the writings and life experiences of people in cultures and communities that are often underrepresented. Past reads include: Akata Witchby Nnedi Okorafor Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi The Crossover by Kwame Alexander The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros More to the Story by Hena Khan
Check back for upcoming Family Book Group picks or contact us if you have a book in mind!
FRIDAYS 5pm: Kid Book Group Periodically, one of the OMO kids will choose a book they think others will enjoy. Past reads include: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Though we typically do not record Book Group, you can watch previous sessions and some special occasion ones here (like when Hena Khan joined us for the last More to the Story Book Group Discussion: