The story of Omri and his imagination is on tap for this year’s kids book club at the Osolo location of Elkhart Public Library.
“The Indian in the Cupboard” by Lynne Reid Banks is this year’s chosen book for the club, open to kids 8 and up. Register here, as space is limited to 10.
The first session kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, and continues for the following two Wednesdays.
Omri receives a plastic Indian brave from a friend. The boy is disappointed, so he locks the toy up in a metal cupboard, using a mysterious skeleton key from his great-grandmother. By turning the key, Omri transforms the toy into a real life man.
You’ll have to read the book to find out the rest of the story.
Over the course of three weeks in September, kids will get the chance to read this book aloud and do activities. Kids who have registered will receive a copy of the book. Club members are encouraged to take a turn reading aloud, though they can choose to pass. Then, the group will do an activity – games or art – relating to the book’s themes.
“The program has been developed to enrich the reading skills of the children, work on vocabulary skills, and just plain have fun,” says Donna Mitschelen, the Osolo branch supervisor.
She hopes to see children gain confidence in reading aloud, practice reading, and improve their skills. Mitschelen also wants the kids to enjoy coming to library, and she hopes this program will encourage them to find other books.
Since the program is only three sessions, Sept. 13, 20, and 27, children participating will be asked to take the book home and read a certain number of pages before the next club gathering. They might also be asked to do a project or two at home to earn prizes.
In the past, those who have signed up for the Kids’ Book Club at the Osolo branch, which started in September 2012, have read books like “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney, “Holes” by Louis Sachar.