Teens at area schools eat lunch in the school library and talk about the latest and hottest books published for teenagers. After reading their choices from selected titles, the teens share their thoughts with each other. The ultimate goal is to produce a booklist of each school's "Top Teen Picks" for that year.
Held at 15 middle schools in Spotsylvania and Stafford counties and the City of Fredericksburg, Café Book is a partnership between the public and school libraries to encourage and support teens who love to read. Not only are they enjoying great books with like-minded students, but they are also learning to identify and explain literary devices as they learn critical evaluation skills.
Café Book is supported by a generous donation from the Carver family in memory of their mother Ruth - middle school librarian, literacy advocate, and lover of reading. If you are interested in starting a Café Book program in your school, please visit our wiki or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.