Radnor Memorial Library received a Teen Reading Lounge grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for the Winter/Spring of 2017 to create an interactive book club featuring discussions, activities and classes that promote literacy and the humanities. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council awards the grants with more than 600 teens in 68 libraries across Pennsylvania having participated in Teen Reading Lounge since its launch in 2010.
Radnor Library’s Teen Reading Lounge program is inspired by the 2015 hit musical Hamilton. The revolutionary portrayal of our founding fathers has taken not only the Broadway world, but pop culture and beyond by storm. Themes examined included lyrical narration, immigrant experiences and nonfiction representation in literature. The Hamil-Teen Book Club met for three sessions from February to April of 2017, with two meetings per session. Meetings featured a hip hop dance class at Wayne Ballet, a multicultural cooking lesson at the Wayne Art Center, LEGO stop motion animation and more. Participants received copies of the books, gift cards and other incentives for attending programs.
Teen Reading Lounge was open to all teens ages 12-18. No special knowledge or even familiarity of the musical was required to participate.
Session 3: History Has its Eyes on You Book Discussion and Field Trip
About Teen Reading Lounge
Teen Reading Lounge is an interactive program created by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for public libraries. Through a combination of book discussions and hands-on creative workshops with qualified facilitators, teens create special projects and sharpen critical thinking skills. Libraries have reported that the program increased their capacity to offer humanities programs, and teens have reported that Teen Reading Lounge gave them the opportunity to practice essential life skills related to the humanities, communication, collaboration, and literacy. For more information, visit pahumanities.org/TeenReadingLounge.
Teen Reading Lounge is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about PHC and the program at www.pahumanities.org.