Category Archives: Not Just For YA Book Club

2015 WLA/WLS Printz Pizza Party!

Thursday, June 18, 2015.

6-8:45pm at the White Plains Public Library.

(100 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601)

This event is open to those working in school, public, academic, & special libraries, the book publishing industry, library school students, teachers and adults who are interested in Childrens and Young Adult Literature. (Not an event for Children or Teens).

Metered parking is available under the library in the parking garage.

For information, see attached flyer below.

2015 WLA/WLS Printz Pizza Party Flyer

*Read as many books a possible to ensure a rich and rewarding discussion

April 10, 2015

Join us on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:30pm
at PANERA BREAD 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
for an open discussion group for adults who read (YA) Young Adult Literature. Come join us to talk about our featured book, Diamond Boy by Michael Williams, and also bring reading suggestions for possible featured books for future meetings.

Flyer is attached!

NOT JUST FOR YA BOOKCLUB April 2015

March 13, 2015

Join us on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 6:30pm
at PANERA BREAD 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
for an open discussion group for adults who read (YA) Young Adult Literature. Come join us to talk about our featured book, Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw, and also bring reading suggestions for possible featured books for future meetings.

Flyer is attached!

NOT JUST FOR YA BOOKCLUB March 2015

January Not Just for YA Book Group Recap

The first meeting of The Not Just for YA book group was held on Friday January 11 at the Panera Bread in White Plains NY.  It was a small but mighty group of 7.  Great conversation was had by all (along with good food/drinks) and we decided on a few things, including a loose timeline for the meeting since some people work until 6pm and cannot get to us until 7pm.

There will always be a featured book, but if you haven’t read the featured book or haven’t finished the featured book, you are still invited to come to the meeting.

  1. From 6:30-7pm will be with networking/eating off talk about whatever you want portion of the meeting.
  2. 7-7:15pm we can formally chat about YA buzz, all the websites, games, apps, other organizations, events we should all be aware of/want to share
  3. 7:15-8pm we should aim to talk about the book
  4. After 8pm we can talk about what we are all reading/enjoy and decide on the next book, so bring your book suggestions and if you can’t make it to the meeting, then email them to either Anne or Z.

As far as the book discussion went:

Our discussion of Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer went all over the place.  The main points discussed were how Fforde likes to combine elements from different genres to create a whole new idea.  We also discussed why Fforde chose some of his story elements.  Most was deliberately a comment on consumerism, technology, and the political atmosphere of the United Kingdom.  This led to discussing whether it was necessary to understand some British History in order to enjoy the book.  Most said the book was still enjoyable even if you didn’t have prior knowledge.

Much of the discussion points came from Fforde’s own website, which includes a lot of information and background on him and his books.  Check it out at http://www.jasperfforde.com/.  There is also a very interesting video on Youtube where he visits Hereford and discusses the places that inspired him for the book.  Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLZ4VuD2grY