Great Reads For Girls Book Group

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Join us for lively discussions, activities, friendship and fun!

  • For girls ages 8-12 accompanied by mom or another caring adult.
  • No younger siblings please
  • 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 (registration is required).
  • No younger siblings please.
  • Participating in a book club can be a rewarding experience for parents and children. Sharing quality time with each other through reading provides the opportunity for parents to develop a true bond with their children by sharing ideas about the books’ contents and messages, while providing a safe environment for children to share thoughts, fears, or problems. They also have the opportunity to hear ideas and opinions of their peers.

Great Reads for Girls 2018-2019 Schedule

The AF Library will kick off a new book club season with a GREAT READS FOR GIRLS event on Sept. 13 at 7:00 PM. Girls, ages 8-12, and their mothers (or another caring adult) are invited to stop by the library to register and check out a book in preparation for this event (registration is required by Sept. 6


Thursday September 13th at 7 p.m.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza thought she’d always live a privileged life on her family’s ranch in Mexico. She’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.


 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

Thursday November 8th at 7 p.m.

The Herdman siblings are an awful bunch. When they show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.  This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special

A Little Princess by Frances Burnett

Thursday February 7 th at 7 p.m.

Sara, an exceptionally intelligent student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, she is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl’s fortunes changes again is at the center of this story.


A  Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Thursday April 11 th at 7 p.m.

Zoe has perfect piano dreams. She can practically feel the keys under her flying fingers; she can hear the audience’s applause. But when Dad buys a wheezy organ instead of a piano, Zoe’s dreams hit a sour note.  Yet when she enters the annual organ competition, she finds that life is full of surprises.


See some of our past book group events:

 “The Year of Miss Agnes”  April 2018



“A Long Way From Chicago” February 2018

“Dragon Slippers” November 2017

“The Beef Princess of Practical County”  September 2017

“The Candy Shop Wars” April 2017

“The one and only Ivan” Feb. 2017

“Little House on the Prairie” Nov. 2016

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“The 100 Dresses” Sept. 2016

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 The girls created a handmade card that they were challenged to

give to someone they appreciate.

“All Four Stars” Dessert Party Oct. 2015



Robyn Adkins from “The Ranch” convenience store teaches moms and daughters cupcake decorating techniques.

Chinese New Year Table set for our Great Reads for Girls participants.

Chinese New Year Table set for our Great Reads for Girls participants.

Paul Johnson teaches participants to make an origami dog and a flapping bird.

Paul Johnson teaches participants to make an origami dog and a flapping bird.