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St Vincent's Book Club

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.”

(A. C. Grayling)



The aims of Book Club are

· to actively encourage a love of reading in order to promote reading of a wide range of books

· to promote and encourage reading as a pleasurable activity.



Reading research emphasises the importance of reading for pleasure for both educational as well as personal development. It is positively linked with the following

· reading attainment and writing ability

· text comprehension and grammar

· breadth of vocabulary

· positive reading attitudes which are linked to achievement in reading

· greater self-confidence as a reader

· pleasure reading in later life.


Another important factor in fostering lifelong readers is choice. Encouraging and respecting reading choices are important steps toward helping young people develop a sense of ownership and self-determination.



In Book Club we have the opportunity to take turns reading aloud, listen to group members read and to follow along as others read. We discuss books of personal and shared interests. We make recommendations to each other, exploring new writers and genres. One of our activities is the Quest - Choose Your Own Adventure series. Decisions have to be made and consequences dealt with!

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