Since the beginning of March, there is a book club for frequent readers at the secondary school library BiblioThopia. It’s a great initiative as part of the reading initiative. The club brings some advantages to frequent readers and has been enthusiastically accepted by many students. The number of frequent readers has already increased noticeably in two weeks.
We invited our librarian and club founder Jessica Scherneck for an interview:
What was your motivation to start this book club?
We have some enthusiastic and motivated young library users who read a book away for breakfast and have lively discussions with other students about the subject matter during breaks. This word of mouth is the best reading motivation for weaker readers. The enthusiasm of the strong readers carries the others along. This observation led me to the idea of the book club. In order to support this active and lively reading promotion, it is important to create structures for it and, at the same time, to provide incentives in order to maintain a sustainable reading pleasure, which also survives some boring passages. I am firmly convinced that once immersed in the deep pleasure of reading, the secret worlds or the fantastic boundlessness, an intrinsic reading motivation, even addiction, arises in everyone.
Here I would like to reproduce Rainer Maria Rilke as well:
“All of a sudden the pages are over-rained, and instead of the anxious verbosity it says: Evening, evening… is written all over them.
I don’t look out yet, and yet the long lines tear, and the words roll away from their threads wherever they want….
Then I know: above the overflowing shining gardens the heavens are wide; the sun has come once more. – (….)
And now when I lift my eyes from the book, nothing will be strange and everything will be great.
Out there is what I live in here, and here and there everything is boundless; only that I interweave myself with it even more,
when my looks fit to the things and to the serious simplicity of the masses, – there the earth grows beyond itself.
The whole sky it seems to embrace: the first star is like the last house.” (The Reader, From: The Book of Pictures)
What are the requirements to become a member?
First, you have to be a library user, which means you have to be enrolled at DISD, then the mandatory basic requirement is to read at least four books a month. Comics are an exception to this. The number of books borrowed is checked by our internal system. Sporadically, the librarian may ask questions about the content of the book to ensure that the books are read from beginning to end. If the four books per month are not reached, the membership is converted to inactive. The user may then still keep his card, but has no right to use the club benefits.
What are the club benefits for members?
The allowed borrowing amount increases from 10 to 20 media per month.
Preferential access to the BiblioThopia library during breaks and afternoons,
Invitations to our readings and events and participation for the annual BiblioThopia club members party.
Also available is priority participation for book launches and promotions on our BiblioThopia Instagram channel.
Once per school year, it is possible to print yourself a character with our 3D printer.
We also grant preferential consideration for acquisition requests.
However, the greatest benefit works invisibly and settles like a blessing on the user through good grades, improved expression, good spelling and an inexhaustible imagination. Foundations for success and happiness.
Will there be events with the members? If so, which ones?
Exquisite and members-only is the annual club party with buffet, billiards, reading quiz, music and games on our virtual reality glasses.
We are also planning to participate in various competitions in the UAE (Montegrappa Letter Writing Competition, Emirates LitFest Writing Prize), etc.
The first three members are the winner of the DISD reading competition Moritz from class 6a, as well as the second and third place winners Laiba from class 6b and Hala from class 6c.