By Katherine in answer to Dale’s questions
The Low-Intermediate book group, started by IN volunteer Katherine, is one of the few groups that allow mothers to bring their babies with them. Katherine had worked with Carole as a co-leader of an advanced book discussion group for several years. “Although I loved the advanced group and the books we read,” she explained, “I thought that there was a need for a book group for slightly lower-level readers. I love introducing women from all over the world to beloved American children’s novels, particularly books that illustrate our history and culture. But what I love best is member questions and reactions to the books, as we share stories from our lives and countries.”
The group reads classic, award winning, and modern American novels written for upper elementary and middle school age American students. The group usually reads about 50 pages of the book before each meeting, so it usually takes about 2 months to read each book. During the meetings, members take turns answering questions and discussing the books. The meetings always offer coffee and snacks, as well as time for socializing.
The group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, at different members’ houses (usually Katherine’s). She said, “We have great discussions in our meetings, laugh a lot, and usually have about 10 women (plus a few babies) at each meeting.”
Every few months, Katherine brings several copies of books that she thinks the group will like, and the members look through the books and then vote on which books they want to read. This month they’ll begin discussing the children’s novel, Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DeCamillo. Previous books include Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, and The Giver by Lois Lowry.
“I love, love working with this group!!!!!!!!!”