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Fairy tales, animal stories served up with a side of pizza

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    isters Addison, 11, left, and Riley Evans, 12, of Lodi, participate Monday afternoon in the Lunch Time Book Club at Seville Library.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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    Angela Cutlip, 8, left, of Medina, enjoys a slice of pizza before discussing books with a fairy tale theme Monday afternoon during the Lunch Time Book Club at Seville Library.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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SEVILLE — The smell of pizza filled the meeting room at Seville Library as library associate Melanie Dyer set up books for the last Lunch Time Book Club meeting of the summer.

Sisters Addison, 11, and Riley Evans, 12, of Lodi, as well as 8-year-old Angela Cutlip of Medina grabbed a slice of pizza and a glass of lemonade and settled in to talk about the books they’ve read and what they might read next.

The book club was open to kids in elementary and middle school, but the three girls were the only ones able to make it to this month’s meeting that covered fairy tales and books with animals.

Dyer began the meeting talking about “Pax” by Sara Pennypacker. It’s about a boy who befriends a fox. The two characters get separated and have to work to find each other again.

“It has a lot of twists and turns,” Riley said, noting she and Addison have read the book.

Dyer and club members also discussed “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. It’s about a gorilla who lived in a cage at a mall and who made unexpected friends with an elephant.

“I like how it has short chapters,” Addison said.

Dyer said although the book itself was longer, the chapters were short, which made it a quick read.

Riley said she liked that Ivan the Gorilla could do art.

“I think I’m gonna read the one about the gorilla and the elephant,” Cutlip said following the discussion of “The One and Only Ivan.”

Addison chose “Whatever After” by Sarah Mlynowski to read next.

Dyer said each child in the group doesn’t have to read the same book.

“I just put a selection from that theme out and they can just go read; and if they like it, they can check it out.”

The purpose of this book club, she said, is to keep kids reading and learning.

“It’s just something nice for us to do for the kids. You know, it keeps them reading during the summer.”

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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