The East Islip Public Library recently hosted the East Islip Middle School’s Master Readers Book Discussion Club’s meeting to discuss “Okay for Now” by Gary D. Schmidt.
The discussion on the novel, a 2011 National Book Award finalist, was held after school in the library’s Teen Bistro. Young-adult librarian Kassia Worst was a thoughtful host, supplying a thematic snack assortment of foods mentioned in the book, including hot chocolate, Coca-Cola and donuts. Holding the meeting in the public library enabled the students to view large illustrations from John James Audubon's “Birds of America” that are also mentioned in “Okay for Now.”
“The public library/school library connection is an important part of our club,” said middle school librarian Valerie Ware. “Mrs. Worst attends our book discussions and facilitates the interloan process to make our selected titles available to the students.”