Book Clubs


Fostering a love of reading throughout childhood is a primary goal of the Ipswich Public Library Children’s Room. Specialized Book Clubs for students in grades 1-5 allow children to meet in age-specific groups to socialize and discuss literature under the supervision and guidance of the staff. These groups meet on a monthly basis. Please contact the Ipswich Public Library Children’s Room to register for book clubs and/or for more specific information.


First graders are invited to participate in Story Explorers, which examines a different genre of storytelling each month, including fairy tales, myths, legends, fables and more. Mrs. Johnson shares several stories with the group each month and leads a short discussion in which participants learn a bit about each genre. The group closes with a craft or activity relating to the theme. First graders do not need to be able to read independently to participate in this program. A snack is provided by the library.


Laurie Collins leads Junior Great Books for second graders. Friendship, bravery and responsibility are the themes of the Second Grade Junior Great Books program. The library provides the books to the children for each unit. Children first read the story at home with a parent. The story is then read aloud at each meeting before the discussion so that children may benefit regardless of reading level. A snack is provided by the library.


Book Buddies, run by Betsy Johnson, is for third graders. Participants are assigned an age-appropriate chapter book to read independently or with a parent before meeting each month. Guided discussions focus on plot, character and the author’s intent. Each month one participant is delegated to be the host of the group and to provide a snack for everyone.


Radical Readers with Betsy Johnson is for fourth and fifth graders who enjoy reading and socializing with other young readers. Members read age-appropriate chapter books from a variety of genres and in their discussions delve deeper into character and plot development. Each month different members host the group by providing a snack for the group. In addition, they take a leadership role by reading aloud the questions for discussion (prepared by Mrs. Johnson) and calling on their peers. 


You may call the Children's Room directly at 978-412-8713 for more information.





Besides books, the Children's Room offers a variety of databases to help young students on their homework assignments. Click here to check what's online. For help on using any of our databases please call 978-412-8713.


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