by Ann Miller
Camas Public Library's Book to Art Club was recently featured in a local publication, The Columbian. Features Reporter Scott Hewitt wrote a wonderful article highlighting Camas's discussion of "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer.
Hewitt's honest perception of the inner workings of a book club were spot-on in that each member will have different feelings about a story and its characters. This only enhances a discussion, so do not fret over choosing a title that everyone will adore. Focus on a story that will be interesting to discuss and inspiring to create from.
Based on the article's quotes, there were strong opinions of the story and characters, both positive and negative, but all were equally rewarded with s'mores and grown-up merit badges. The projects also varied, ranging from diorama to watercolor painting to summer camp inspired "God's Eye" weaving.
"...Wile not only provided s’mores for the group, but also displayed her own artistic take on the book in homemade merit badges for activities that are never, ever allowed at summer camp: Creative Curse Word Usage, “Up S#@!t’s Creek” Canoe Building, and, of course, Conspicuous Beer Consumption..."
Way to go, Judy Wile and Camas Public Library Book to Art Club!
Read The Columbian article here!