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Club Spotlight: Book Club

Book club members stand on library stairs holding books
Members of the Book Club gather at the Jamestown Public Library. Image provided courtesy of the GTCC Book Club.

By Alex Burt

Titan Shout President

Do you love to read? Do you collect books? Would you like to discover new worlds and characters that you haven’t seen before? If so, then GTCC’s Book Club is the place for you.

Joining the club is free to college students who would love to expand and explore their literacy interests from a wide range of genres they may never have read before. Meetings are held on Thursday at noon in James William Hall room 214.

Founded in 2017, the purpose of the GTCC (Guilford Technical Community College) Book Club is “to read and discuss texts from a variety of genres, promote literacy, and perform community service” according to Professor Noreen Hannon. She is the lead advisor and Professor Tom Riddle is the co-advisor. The current book members are reading is The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.

There are currently five to six members who attend club meetings. One of the members, George McClintock, said this about joining: “I joined the book club because when I was taking my English 111 class with Mr. Barbour, he said, ‘If you want to get better at writing, you will need to read more.’”

Professor Hannon stated that the goals of this club are “To promote student engagement with the club, to pursue activities that engage the GTCC students, and to pursue projects that promote literacy in our community.” In other words, students can choose activities that they are interested in doing such as organizing a book drive and donating books to the local public library. Last December, the Book Club collected nearly 100 books, which were then given to the Jamestown Public Library.

“We enjoy working with our GTCC students,” Hannon said. “We cultivate and support a community of learners with shared interests in reading and in service-learning projects/activities. We enjoy fostering students' leadership skills, critical thinking, and creativity. It's a rewarding experience!”

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