Introducing the Storytime Underground Book Club

I know what you’re thinking: “Another book to read? Harrumph.” So go ahead and let your inner Eeyore be momentarily annoyed at the presumption that you have time to read. Go ahead. I’ll wait.


The Storytime Underground Book Club is beginning with the intention to beef up our knowledge of the cognitive science aspects of our jobs. To that end, Cate has put together a great Riffle bookshelf with some tremendous reading options. All of these titles contain information that should significantly inform the work that we do in our youth librarian services, both in storytime and elsewhere.

9a457e5e4769b7dd965e3a63bdd4d37eHere’s how the first book club will go:

  • Interested participants will read A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play by Vivian Gussin Paley.
  • A live discussion will take place via Google+ Hangout on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at 9 p.m. EST
    • Since Google+ Hangouts are limited to 10 simultaneous participants, there will be a lottery for participation. 9 people will be chosen, with the 10th person being a Storytime Underground administrator/discussion facilitator.
    • If you are available during the time of the live discussion, have Google+ Hangout capabilities, and are interested in entering the lottery to participate, enter here.
    • Live discussion participants will be announced one week prior to the live discussion.
  • The day after the live discussion, the recorded Google+ Hangout will be posted on the blog for enjoyment of everyone who has read the book or is interested in the topic.
  • Discussion about the book will continue asynchronously in the comments of the Google+ Hangout post, on Facebook, and on Twitter #sucogsci

Since this is the first Storytime Underground Book Club, we expect there may be some hiccups and kinks. Let us know if we’ve forgotten anything important.

We look forward to delving in the cognitive science aspects of the work we do with children.


About Amy Koester

I'm a youth services librarian with a penchant for exciting ideas and engaging programs. It's a sure bet that if you talk to me about STEAM, whimsy, and trying new things, we'll be best friends forever.

Posted on August 1, 2013, in Book Club. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Great idea! I look forward to discussing with you all. 🙂

  2. I will read it and add to the async discussions!

    • Holy moly! When are you guys going to confess that you’re actually magic elves?! I mean seriously. So I make a totally random suggestion on twitter, and then you guys did some great arranging/organizing/planning…sprinkled fairy dust, and POOF! It’s the most brilliant plan of action. Great worm you guys!

  3. yep, I just posted “good worm” instead of “good work”. So what?!

  4. I am TERRIBLE about book clubs, but I’m really going to try and read it! Won’t take up a lottery place (since I am terrible), but will hopefully be joining the comments/Facebook/Twitter discussion!

  5. Our entire library system doesn’t own this book! 😦 If I can find it before then I’ll definitely read it!

  6. Sadly, I am with Abby. I will read the book and join in the comments portion of the program, rather than take up a discussion space. 🙂

  7. I’m in! (Although I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get the ONE copy in my system and read it by then.) Looks great.

  8. Just ordered a copy – looks good and thanks for starting this!

  9. It turns out I’m not going to be able to make the handout tonight (though I’ve read & will add to discussion elsewhere)–family stuff. Apologies for missing–very worthwhile read!

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