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There was a whole lot of page turning taking place at SCS at the end of last week, with the Lassonde Library hosting back-to-back book clubs!

Our new Alumnae Book Club kicked off Thursday evening with the first of four meetings this school year. Former SCS English teacher Ruth Griffiths set the page with a few amusing excerpts from Stuart McLean’s Morley’s Book Club from The Vinyl Café, before turning to a discussion about Ian McEwan’s latest novel, Machines Like Me. It’s a tale involving artificial intelligence set in alternative 1980s London, and poses the question, “what makes us human?” It sparked a lively discussion amongst alumnae in the room and participating remotely.

Less than 12 hours later, Lassonde Library was once again the site for an animated gathering of readers, this time the Grade 5 Hooked on Books Club. This book club, led by Ms Mustard, SCS’s Head of Library and Information Services, meets three times a year. Parents or other adult guests are welcome to join the girls. The club read The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson, the story of British war guests Norah and Gavin, and their experience coming to live with a family in Toronto during the Second World War. As part of the discussion, Ms Mustard shared some information from SCS’s archives about the School’s own history with war guests.

Both of these book clubs will be back in action before long: Hooked On Books will next gather before March Break, and the Alumnae Book Club meets three more time this school year:

Thursday, January 30, 2020
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Host: Julia Scott, former English teacher

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Host: Patricia Westerhof, former English teacher

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
Host: Joanne Thompson, former English teacher

Alumnae may participate in person or remotely – RSVP to Meagan Thomas.

And SCS: don’t put down those books!

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