After-School Clubs for Kids: Thematic Programming to Encourage Reading

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Learning that takes place "after hours" in a club setting is often an undersupported component of children's education. After-school clubs built around books encourage independent, recreational reading, which in turn has a positive impact on the rest of a child's day. In this book, Shaia offers a year's worth of ready-to-implement program ideas for librarians and educators. Her month-by-month calendar of themed clubs is conveniently divided by grade level (K-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6) to allow club leaders and organizers to closely align activities and book selections to the ages of the club's participants. This handy book

  • Offers programming on such themes as science, math, animals, mysteries, art, fairy tales, and more, all of which can be adapted for either a half-hour or forty-five-minute time slot   
  • Details age-specific bibliographies and suggestions for read-alouds, music, and craft or game activities, with different ideas for each week in a month
  • Presents information on publicizing the activity, community outreach, display ideas, set-up, supplies, management, and evaluation

With its inviting approach to book-based programming, Shaia's start-to-finish guide helps promote reading as a fun, engaging activity for kids.

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  Introduction Chapter 1 Math Chapter 2 Fairy Tales Chapter 3 Science Chapter 4 Humor Chapter 5 Art Chapter 6 Mysteries Chapter 7Out at Sea Chapter 8 Adventures Chapter 9 School Chapter 10 Chillers Chapter 11 Boys Only Chapter 12 Girls Only Contributor BiographiesIndex

Lisa M. Shaia

Lisa M. Shaia is currently the children’s librarian at the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield, Connecticut. She is the author of After-School Clubs That Encourage Reading (ALA 2013). Other writing credentials include articles in the Collaborative Summer Library Program, Children and Libraries, and Connecticut Parent Magazine. Shaia also developed and teaches classes for ALSC. She has a BA in English from Western Connecticut State University and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. You can follow her blog at

"A year's worth of plans, plus program-publicity blurbs, lists of books to display each month, and the expert guidance of fellow librarians? One almost expects her to throw in a set of steak knives. Highly recommended for all librarians working with youth."
— Booklist

"These afterschool programs will entice children to attend and become active, while integrating reading and literature into the events … This is a valuable book for any librarian working with children in grades K-6, whether in a public library or school media center. Teachers of these grades will also benefit from ideas on how to integrate lessons on these topics into their classrooms."

"Twelve monthly themes are featured in the book, giving programmers a full year of practical and easy-to-execute plans ... A good resource for librarians in a public setting, this might alternately be used by school librarians for planning of weekly classroom activities."
— Catholic Library World

"Shaia has clearly done considerable research into books, activities and music for various ages. This is an advantage of the book, especially because many of the activities have templates available online (with URLs provided)."
— Australian Library Journal