Book forum -- Cleveland Reads -- begins at C.H.S.

It's not just for students!
by: Rita A. Leonard, Theresa Quinn, Teacher Librarian at Cleveland High School, has organized a community book group to begin March 19th.

Theresa Quinn, Teacher Librarian at Cleveland High School, is organizing a community book discussion group to begin meeting March 19, at 7 pm, in the CHS Library.

'Cleveland Reads' is an idea based on Multnomah County Library's 'Everybody Reads' program; the inaugural meeting will focus on themes in Mark Haddon's novel 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time'. This award-winning book is written from the perspective of a young adult with autism, and addresses personal, public, and family issues, while solving a mystery.

Quinn hopes to spark a sense of community through the event by welcoming parents and other community members, as well as staff and students. 'I'm hoping to bring people together from different walks of life for a thought-provoking discussion of a book whose topic touches all our lives,' she says.

Quinn taught High School English for eight years before taking on the Library position at CHS. 'I'm getting used to a different role in the school, and seeing possibilities for more involvement in the Library,' she says.

She has given the Library a facelift 'to make it more inviting', and elicited help from C.H.S. Web Design students to design a poster for the meeting. 'February 4 is the beginning of our second semester,' says Quinn. 'I hope this event will be a kick-off point for student discussion groups. I'll have copies of the book available in both Spanish and English, or you can secure your own copy to read. If you have questions, please email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..'

Already, Quinn has received community input. Starbucks promised to provide coffee and treats for the March 19th meeting. There will also be an open poster contest to design a new cover for the book. The contest will be judged by participants at the meeting, with the winner awarded a $50 gift certificate to Powell's Books. Powell's calls this novel, 'a perfect book to make you feel good about the underdogs of the world.'

'This should be a great way for students to see that their community cares about and wants to be involved in local schools,' says Quinn. By encouraging community discussion of modern, thought-provoking literature in the local High School, she plans to raise interest and bring a sense of community to what she hopes will become an annual event.