West High School is gearing up for their annual WHS Summer Reading Book Chats!  They are looking for community members to join in sharing their interests and love of reading with students. 

Here’s how it will work: Every participating teacher and district leader/community member will select a summer reading book. It can be an old favorite, the one you read for a previous summer reading program, or a new book you’ve been wanting to read. NEW THIS YEAR, you could alternatively choose to follow a developing news story or topic via a podcast, news articles/stories, websites, blogs, etc. West High School will compile a list of all of the books/story topics and students will be able to sign up to read/follow one. Each person will have a limited number of “open seats” for the book/topic in order to keep the groups small enough for discussions. 

On Thursday, August 31st, the “Book Chats” will take place at 11:27 a.m.  During the 30-minute block, every student will go to a classroom with the teacher/staff member/community member who read the same book or followed the same story/topic as they did.  West High School will provide you with a list of questions to facilitate your conversations if needed, but the discussion is simply intended for students to share any reflections, insights, or questions about the book you read or the story/topic you followed.   

If you would be willing to join us for this great opportunity to connect with students and inspire a lifelong love of reading, let us know what book you will be reading or the story/topic you’ll be following by completing this WHS Summer Reading form. Please see this Summer Reading Recommendations list from our librarian if you need some inspiration in selecting a book.  Anything else that is interesting to you and appropriate for students is welcome! 

We would love to have your responses by Wednesday, April 26th, but will accept your forms through May 5th. This will give our Summer Reading Team enough time to develop the bookings page for our students to select their books before they leave for the summer!

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