(Editor’s Note: Katelyn Borsos is a senior at South Plainfield High School and intern for TAPinto South Plainfield.)

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School students in ninth through 12th grade interested in participating in the Algonquin Book Club gathered in the school’s information center the afternoon of Sept. 30. 

The students brought their favorite book to discuss with titles ranging from Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Suskind, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, Bleed Like Me by C. Desir, and The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.

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The format for the Algonquin Book Club, which is under the direction of school librarian Lori Parisi and history teacher Susan Nydam, has changed for the 2016-2017 school year. Instead of picking a specific book for all members to read, it was decided to pick a specific genre every month and let each member choose his or her own book. 

“The students felt that the book club needed a change. When this new format was suggested, I was excited,” said Parisi. “We are all finding that this new format has been a great new change for the club.”

Mackenzie Hall, a sophomore at South Plainfield High School, is looking forward to expanding the club over the school year. “I look forward to having students get involved in the Algonquin Book Club that do not usually enjoy reading,” Hall said.

Fellow book club member Samara Tulotta, a senior at South Plainfield High School, added, “I’m excited to get together with a group of people that enjoy reading as much as I do.” 

The South Plainfield High School Algonquin Book Club currently has 17 members. The next meeting will be held Friday, Dec. 2 at 2:45 p.m. with the genre for December selected at this time. New members are welcome. 

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