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West Valley Library club explores books that made it to the big screen

Wednesday, February 20, 20131244 views

Sure, the movie was great, but have you read the book?

That might be what teens at West Valley Library’s new Books to Movies Book Club will be saying to each other as they dive into the literary works behind some silver screen favorites.

Librarian Melissa Wayman has organized the new club, which will take place at the library, located at 2880 West and 3650 South, to get kids more engaged with stories they might already be familiar with.

“Teens are busy, and they don’t always have time for book clubs,” Wayman said. “So this is more of a stress-free, fun club where you can read the book, watch the movie, or do both.”

The idea for the club came to Wayman as she looked for an opportunity to run a program in the library that was a bit more literary than others she had organized before.

“I’ve done a lot of things with crafts and other activities like that in the past,” Wayman said. “Those can be educational, but I knew I wanted to do something to get kids more in touch with the books that the library has and the experience that reading them can be.”

So, after obtaining a license to show certain films at the library, Wayman decided to start the Books to Movies Book Club this year.

The club recently had its first meeting on Jan. 25, where the focus was Pittacus Lore’s 2010 young adult science fiction novel “I Am Number Four.” The group gathered in the library’s meeting room, watched the 2011 movie adaptation, and then discussed both the movie and the book, as well as the differences between the two.

“Even if someone hasn’t read the book, they are more than welcome to come and watch the movie,” Wayman said. “We always have books there in the room that they can take away with them too.”

Wayman  said that the group plans to meet every few months to tackle a new title.

The group will next meet on March 15 (at 3 p.m.) to watch and discuss “Flipped.” The teen romance novel was written by Wendelin Van Draanen in 2001, and director Rob Reiner’s movie adaptation came out in 2010.

“In doing this, we also want to get kids more familiar with everything that the library has to offer,” Wayman said. “It’s not just the books your teachers make you read that are in there, but we have a lot of other pretty cool stuff too.”

The club is open and free for anyone to attend, though the material is appropriate for ages 10 to 18.

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