After-school book club offers place for learning, fun

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kathy Abbott is hoping to get kids interested in reading and, to do that, she has started a book club.

Abbott, who works at Fun Learning Stuff on Belmont Street, started the club this summer, but the group kicked off its school-year session Monday.

“Reading is important for children of all ages, and this is a way that makes it fun for them,” said Abbott, who, so far, has two children in the book club but is hoping to draw more. “I hope the book club becomes a place for local kids to learn more, improve reading skills, reading comprehension and have fun with other children.”

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Members Margaret Kent and Ciara Shelton, both 9, gathered on the back porch of Fun Learning Stuff on Monday to read “The Mystery of the Missing Dinosaurs” by Carole Marsh.

After a short discussion of the book, the girls drew dinosaurs on big blue pieces of paper, decorated them with glitter and stuffed them with paper. As the girls were making their dinosaurs, Margaret, a homeschooler and the daughter of Jay and Jeanne Kent, commented, “Boy, this thing sure needs to go to the dentist.”

Ciara, the daughter of Shelley Carr and a fourth-grader at Bowmar Avenue Elementary, said, “I like the arts and crafts and reading the best.”

Margaret added, “The book club is really fun. We get to go outside, have snacks and do art projects.”

The book club meets each Monday at 3:30 p.m. and is free. “The Mystery of the Missing Dinosaurs,” is part of a series that uses codes within the books to help children solve a mystery. Others in the series are “The Mystery on the Mississippi River,” “The Mystery in Chocolate Town,” “The Mystery at Dracula’s Castle,” and “The Mystery in New York City.”