Books4Boys Book Club


A Father-son book group designed to encourage boys ages 8-12 to read for enjoyment.

Registration forms for the event and copies of the books will be available at the library front desk about one month prior to each event.

While the group strongly encourages fathers to participate with their sons, mothers or another caring adult, are invited to participate with their boys in the following:

  • Engaging book discussions
  • Fun activities
  • Meet new friends
  • Refreshments are served
  • Participating in a parent-child book group has many benefits.
  • Parent-child relationships are strengthened
  • Reading skills and vocabulary are enhanced
  • Self-confidence is nurtured
  • Life-skills are acquired as children learn to share opinions in a group setting.
  • By setting the example, fathers and other adult role models can have a powerful influence on a boy’s desire to read.
  • No younger siblings please

Books4Boys Schedule 2023-2024


By Gary Paulsen

Thursday, October 12th, 2023 at 7 PM

Thirteen-year-old Brian is traveling by plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother gave him.  Consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, and how to make a fire.  When Brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.

Books will be available mid September

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

by Linda Sue Park

Thursday, March 14th, 2024 at 7 PM

Set in 12th centurey Korea, A Single Shard tells the story of 10-year old Tree-Ear, an orphan who survives on whatever food he can find in the discarded rubbish of others. His village is known for its beautiful pottery and Tree-Ear greatly admires the master potters from a distance. Then, one day he accidentally breaks a valuable piece of pottery made by Min, the village’s most talented potter. To pay for the damaged piece, Tree-Ear works for Min for free for nine days, then stays on as his helper after that, eager to learn more about pottery.  When he is asked to go on a journey to show his master’s pottery to the king’s emissary, he sees the trip as his opportunity to prove himself to the great master. In route, he faces hardship and danger, but also finds inner strength and courage.

See some of our past book group events:

The Hardy Boys The Tower Treasure March 2023

The Aurora County All-Stars October 2022

My Side of the Mountain
March 2022

The Last Holiday Concert
October 2021

Rascal March 2021

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
October 2020

Wild Man Island March 2020

Where the Red Fern Grows October 2019

The Cay                                                                                                  March 2018

The Ruins of Gorlan, Rangers Apprentice Book 1

October 2018

Half Moon Investigations

March 2018

Our final Books4Boys event for the season was a discussion of “Half Moon Investigations” by Eoin Colfer.  We enjoyed a great discussion, ate yummy treats and solved the mysterious murder of Ted E. Bear.

Crispin: The Cross of Lead                                                                        October 2017

We gathered to discuss “Crispin: The Cross of Lead” by Avi, as we enjoyed a medieval meal.  For the activity, we made juggling balls and then learned the basics of juggling.

Woods Runner                                                                                        March 2016

Our last Books4Boys event of the season was a discussion of “Woods Runner” by Gary Paulsen.  We had a great discussion, yummy treats, and a fun activity where we learned about some of the spying techniques used during the Revolutionary War.  Thanks to all who participated.

The White Indian Boy                                                                           October 2016

Books4Boys, our Parent-son book group met to discuss “The White Indian Boy” by Elijah Nicholas Wilson.  We gathered around the fire as our Chief, Brian Adair, lead a great tribal council (book discussion).   Each boy created a traditional Native American Dream Catcher and enjoyed some tasty treats.  We promise more fun to come – watch for our upcoming event next March.

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The One and Only Ivan                                                                March 2016

Books4Boys, our parent-son book group met to discuss “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. We enjoyed delicious food, a great discussion led by Rock Permann, and each boy created the ideal habitat for Ivan the gorilla.

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