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Families can bond over a book with library's one-day book club

To promote family reading the Robert Trail Library will host a special kids- parent book club over spring break. The group, which will be led by librarian Kathy Kleckner, will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. March 26.

The idea behind the club is that kids and parents could read the chosen book over spring break and then meet to talk about it that Friday.

Kleckner took votes to choose which book the club would read. Stone Fox by John Reynold Gardiner received the most votes. The book is about a boy named Willy who competes in a dogsled race in an effort to help raise money to save his grandfather's farm. The other selections included The Homework Machine, Odd and the Frost Giants, A Lion to Guard Us, Whales on Stilts and Half Magic.

Kleckner said Stone Fox is appropriate for kids in third through sixth grades. She said it's a fun book for both kids and adults. She encouraged families to read it together.

"This is the kind of thing families can do for years and years to come," said Kleckner of reading together.

The club will meet March 26 to discuss the book. Kleckner said she will have some questions available to lead the discussion but hopes the kids will take the lead.

Kleckner said other Dakota County libraries have done similar programs and had good success. She hopes to get quite a few families to sign up for the spring break event.

While this particular group will only meet once Kleckner said she is not opposed to starting a family book club in the future.

For more information or to register for the book club call 651-480-1200.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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