SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Book clubs for children in the third- through sixth- grades will be held in the coming weeks at the Scarsdale Public Library.
The books to be discussed will be available in the library's children’s room after participants register on the library website, scarsdalelibrary.org. Participants are expected to read the book before the session.
The Third Grade Book Club will meet on Wednesday, March 16, at 4:15 p.m. to discuss "Who Was Harry Houdini?" by Tui T. Sutherland. Most kids have heard of Harry Houdini, the famous magician who could escape from handcuffs, jail cells and locked trunks. Yet, the ever-ambitious and adventurous Houdini was also a famous movie star and the first pilot to fly a plane in Australia. The biography is full of the details of Houdini's life.
The Fourth Grade Book Club will meet on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m., to discuss “The Secret of Platform 13” by Eva Ibbotson. A forgotten door on an abandoned railway platform in London leads to a magical kingdom--an island where humans live happily with mermaids, ogres and other wonderful creatures, which is only accessible nine days every nine years. When the beastly Mrs. Trottle kidnaps the Island's young prince, it's up to a strange band of rescuers to save him in this comic fantasy.
Also on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m., the Fifth/Sixth Grade Book Club will discuss “Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World,” by Sy Montgomery. This is the biography of Temple Grandin, a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University, whose mother, when told her daughter was autistic believed in her and sent her to school instead of a hospital.
Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. An advocate for autism, Grandin uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make.
The biography with photos takes readers inside Grandin's extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.
The library is at 54 Olmsted Road Scarsdale.