Windsor Public Library hosts Knights of the Round Table Book Club
By Cathi Sasportas - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Jul. 31, 2013
The Knights of the Round Table Book Club is making knights out of second- to fourth-grade boys and girls at the Windsor Public Library through its three-week program.
The book club is being run by Judy Locker, who works in the Kidspace part of the library. She said she wanted to do the program because she likes the age group and thought the subject matter would be interesting for both boys and girls. "The books the children are reading are time travel books, and I love time travel books," Locker said. "I thought it would be fun for them and fun for me.”
The book club is being held each Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. for three weeks. The first meeting was on Wednesday, July 24. At the first club meeting, Locker read a story about King Arthur and the sword in the stone. Instead of a round table, the book club members sat around a round tablecloth. While Locker read the story, her teenage helper, Mike LePage, helped her act out the scenes.
Locker had created a rock with a foam sword inside. After the story, each of the book club members got a chance to try out the sword, and they were knighted by "King Arthur," who was played by LePage.
The book club members also had the chance to make their own swords, made from cardboard and duct tape.
The children left the book club with books to read, and Locker plans to have them discuss their reading during each meeting. "I have some questions to spark their interest and get them talking," she said. She also has medieval games planned, as well as medieval food. At their final meeting, Locker said the young knights will go on a quest in the library.
Two of Kaleitha Brown's children are attending the book club. "My son has been begging to do a book club because his sister does one, and I loved the theme," she said. "I knew the librarians would do a great job with the theme."
Locker thought the theme would be a hit, also. "I like to do book-related programs because it gets the kids interested in book series or other things that they may not have been interested in before," she said.
The Knights of the Round Table Book Club is part of the summer reading program at the Windsor Public Library. Its last meeting is Aug. 7. You can learn more about the program by visiting the library's website, windsorpubliclibrary.com.