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KIMBERLY THEY CALL IT THE HIGHLIGHT OF THEIR WEEK, A BOOK CLUB DESIGNED FOR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, RUN BY VOLUNTEERS. KENNY: BRIANA CONNER JOINS US NOW TO EXPLAIN HOW THE GROUP HAS GROWN SINCE THE FIRST CLUB MET IN 2012. BRIANA: BACK THEN, THERE WAS JUST ONE CLUB, BUT NOW THERE ARE SIX IN THE AREA. THEY’RE ALL FILLED TO THE MAX WITH READERS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO SPEND AN HOUR EVERY WEEK READING, LISTENING, AND ENCOURAGING EACH OTHER. THIS NEXT CHAPTER BOOK CLUB IS READING “SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON” ALOUD AT THE ROBINHOOD YMCA. ONE OF THE RULES IS THAT THEY HAVE TO MEET IN PUBLIC, MAKING THE EXPERIENCE AS NORMAL AND AUTHENTIC AS POSSIBLE. THE READERS ARE ALL ADULTS WHO HAVE DIFFERENT INTELLECTUAL CAPABILITIES. THE TRAINED VOLUNTEERS HELP WITH DIFFICULT PASSAGES AND GUIDE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE TEXT. ORGANIZERS TELL ME IT’S A SOCIAL CLUB, BUT IT COMES ALONG WITH LITERACY AND SELF-CONFIDENCE BENEFITS FOR THE READERS.>>I SEE THEIR CONFIDENCE IMPROVE SO MUCH BECAUSE SO MANY TIMES THEY’RE TOLD BUT THEY’ — TO BEHAVE THIS WHERE DO THIS ACTIVITY BUT THEY’RE NOT ASKED HOW DO YOU FEEL, WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS, HOW DO YOU RELATE TO THOSE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK? HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU? BRIANA: IT TYPICALLY TAKES ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO FINISH A BOOK, AND THEN THE GROUP HAS A PARTY TO CELEBRATE. SOMETIMES THEY EVEN GO ON FIELD TRIPS TOGETHER THAT ARE RELATED TO THE BOOK. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEXT CHAPTER BOOK CLUBS, VISIT MY FACEBOOK FANPAGE, JUST SEARCH

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