Online book clubs for preteens and teens

Cassandra M. Scharber, Ann Melrose, Jody Wurl

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight and examine public-library-based, online book clubs for preteens and teens. Design/methodology/approach: Two online book clubs are discussed. Findings: Overall, the online book clubs proved to be a fun, engaging, and convenient activity for preteen and teens. Parents and librarians also found these clubs to be motivating and flexible. Research limitations/implications: This case-based manuscript would benefit from insights from other libraries that offer online book clubs, further investigation and empirical research. Practical implications: This manuscript offers theoretical grounding and rich, practical details so that other libraries can capitalize and create their own online book clubs. Originality/value: Online book clubs offer a forum that capitalizes on youths' familiarity with computers and new literacy practices while staying rooted in traditional practices. Public library online book clubs are sites of possibility - a medium through which libraries can more readily encourage literate practices in younger generations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-195
Number of pages20
JournalLibrary Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 20 2009


  • Children (age groups)
  • Internet
  • Literacy
  • Public libraries
  • Youth


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