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Book Clubs for Kids

Reading!  It's what we do here at The Center!  But, so many kids are reluctant to read on their own.  I mean, who wants to turn off a video game or movie (I mean, isn't this based on a book anyways?!) to sit and stare at a bunch of words on page, and especially once the pictures are gone, there's nothing to look forward to. (sigh)

WVDC is excited to launch a Book Club for kids 9-12 years old, who may not be interested in reading on their own, to join a small group of kids in a social environment for book talks, activities, and snacks.  

We will be featuring a range of books from award winning titles, to favorite Authors, to historical fiction, and graphic novels.

Be on the look-out for a new book every 6 weeks. Wednesday's @ 6:00pm Join when you can.  Make new friends, discover new worlds.

If you want to sign up, visit the link at the top of the page and select the package for the month you would like to join. 

Space is limited to 6 kids. 

Send us a message if you would like to be on a waiting list or would like to see new days added.  

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August 5 - 26

Best For: Kids ages 8 – 12.

You’ll Like It If You Like: Quirky, globe-trotting, puzzle-filled adventure stories featuring super-smart siblings.

Major Themes: Family, problem-solving, good vs. evil, global perspective, cooperation, and self-reliance.

What It’s About: Samantha’s Uncle Paul unexpectedly disappears. Even more mysterious is that he leaves Samantha and her siblings wildly different gifts: Samantha’s sister receives $2.4 billion, her brother Nipper gets the New York Yankees, and Samantha is gifted a beat-up umbrella. To her surprise, Samantha and Nipper discover a strange-looking map on the underside of the umbrella, which they hope will lead them to Uncle Paul.

Of course, it’s not that simple. Samantha must decipher the map’s clues, starting with how to get in and out of the secret travel stations, as well as solve puzzles at each location. Even worse, she and Nipper are attacked almost immediately by ninjas at their first stop in Paris. Luckily, they successfully defend themselves using a day-old baguette. (Yes, it’s as funny as it sounds.) The map leads them to super cool travel methods, including a speedy magnetic train, a water slide, and a wind tunnel. But will the kids stay ahead of the ninjas long enough to find out what happened to Uncle Paul?

Why We Picked It: Not only is Samantha Spinner a fun-filled, action-packed global mystery, but readers also get to solve puzzles as they read along. Add in two likable siblings, stinky villains, wild escapades, and chapters about historical landmarks and treasures like the Hope Diamond and the Louvre, and you’ve got a book that’s hard to put down.



at the Park!

We are so incredibly excited to be able to get out of the house and off the computer for some outdoor activities!  

We will be offering a July Book Club AND a July Reader's Theater!

Reader's Theater will be an adaptation of David Shannon's "A Bad Case of the Stripes"  This will be written and directed by our very own Ms. Beth!  This is a 6 week series, starting June 24th.  This is targeted at 3rd-5th graders.   Don't miss out on this opportunity!


Book Club for Kids will host a little younger crowd, this time. Designed for kids ages 7-10, we will be reading Kate DiCamillo's, Mercy Watson to the Rescue...  This is a fully illustrated chapter book.  Book Club is for our struggling readers, who are reluctant to pick up that book.  This will be a fun and engaging few weeks! Starts July 8th and runs for 4 weeks. Don't miss out!