RRMS Parent Teen Book Club
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Parent Teen Book Club?
Parent Teen Book Club is a forum for parents and students to read together and to discuss books. When discussing books, parents and students can learn from each other’s perspectives and begin to understand and appreciate the similarities and differences among themselves. This is a great opportunity to communicate with your teenager as he/she moves forward in shaping an identity and in making good choices for the future. Please accept this invitation to support your child as a lifelong reader!
When does Parent Teen Book Club meet?
There are two separate meetings in the evening throughout the course of the school year. Different titles will be offered at each meeting with a possible author visit, too. Separate signups are sent out through News You Choose for both events, typically about 6-8 weeks in advance.
How do I join?
Watch for the News You Choose emails that give the link to sign up for a book. You need to sign up in order to attend the evening meeting. Sign ups are also posted in each grade level's Google Classroom.
Do I need to buy the books?
The school will loan two copies of a title for you and your student to read and enjoy prior to our book club. Mrs. Slevin, one of our reading specialists, will drop off the books to your student, usually through English class.
Bring the books with you to the meeting. After the whole school book discussion, there will be a cart for you to return your loaned books. There is no paperwork required – we just want you to read and enjoy your book with your student and come prepared to talk with others who read the same title.
What if I can't make it to the meeting?
If you signed up and received the books but can no longer attend, please email Mrs. Slevin (below). Books can be returned to Mrs. Slevin's mailbox in the main office, or your student can drop them off in the library.
Does it cost anything to participate?
The event is free for parents and students to attend! Sometimes the meetings take place the same week as our library's book fair, and the titles from Parent Teen Book Club are available for purchase (in addition to the book fair being open for evening hours). More information will be included with your confirmation email.
How does RRMS decide which books to offer?
Usually, we base our selections around a common theme or genre. If an author will be attending Parent Teen Book Club, one or more of that author's titles will be featured.
When we introduce new titles, some factors we consider are recent outstanding literature for middle school, books that foster discussion for both parents and students, and popular books among our students.
Sometimes, due to popularity or demand for a particular book, we will reuse titles from year to year. Our goal is to provide you and your student access to many different books during your time at Rocky Run!
I have a suggestion for a title to discuss. Where can I share my idea?
We are always looking for new titles to include! Send an email to Mrs. Slevin or include your idea on the Google Form when you sign up for an event.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
- English Teacher, MS