Book Club Challenge for Literacy

Add Your Club to the Bookshelf of Generosity

Take the Book Club Challenge by donating to Delaware County Literacy Council so that your adult neighbors who struggle with reading and other basic skills can get the support and instruction they need. You will be sharing the gift of reading and helping your neighbors live better lives! The Challenge, as issued by the AfterWords book club, is $1 per year per member.

To participate, take the brief survey here. See the exciting results of the Challenge here.

These Book Clubs have Taken the Challenge!

AfterWords Book Club


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The AfterWords Book Club originated the Book Club Challenge with their generous donation based on their 20-year anniversary! Each of the 13 members donated $1 for each of their 20 years together. Then they got the idea to challenge other book clubs to do the same. Truly inspirational!

How the Group Started: Nancy Waxman of Drexel Hill started the club by asking her mother, her daughter (20-something at the time), and some neighbors to be part of the group. She was inspired by a “best of” list of Romance Novels printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Their first selection, drawn straight from the romance list, was An Angel for Emily by Jude Deveraux. In honor of the book, Waxman baked two cakes: one angel food and one devil’s food.

Fun Memories: One Halloween, club members dressed up as characters from books they’d read. When they got to their 100th book, they wrote to every living author of the books they had read so far!

Recent Book Read: The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott.

One Book…One Literacy Council


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The One Book…One Literacy Council book group is made up of Literacy Council Volunteer Tutors past and present, along with some of their friends. As tutors, the members of the group often see a book through the eyes of a new reader or of an immigrant learning English. Having background knowledge and a broad vocabulary can be critical to understanding a book.

How the Group Started: Gloria Beam, a tutor and teacher at DCLC, came up with the idea back in 2008. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin was the first book read. The group got a new name and started using the Delaware County Library System’s Book in a Bag program in 2013.

Fun Memories: Hearing Geraldine Brooks speak at the Free Library. Seeing The Piano Lesson at Swarthmore Players Club and To Kill a Mockingbird at Media Theatre.

Recent Book Read: The Unseen World by Liz Moore was a book that most of the group really enjoyed, and the author lives in Philadelphia! A list of all the books read so far by the group can be found here.

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Wallingford Hills
Book Club

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The Wallingford Hills Book Club is a group of neighbors who love reading and sharing books. They have been meeting for two years.

They decide what to read by letting each member of the group have a turn at choosing the book for the month.

Recent Book Read:  A memorable book they recently enjoyed is Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser. It’s a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the Little House on the Prairie books. The group highly recommends it!

Funds Raised by the Book Club Challenge

Each full-color book = $100 raised by the enthusiastic readers who took the Book Club Challenge! Help our book pile get higher and higher by taking the challenge and supporting adult literacy!

Progress as of July 24, 2018: $380!