IRW Community Book Club with Gary Schmidt


The IRW Community Book Club is open to fifth and sixth graders living on MDI, attending MDIRSS schools, homeschoolers and a parent, guardian or other adult. The goal of this free, month-long program is to get kids excited about reading outside of the classroom along with a parent, guardian or other engaged adult, and participating in fun, book-related activities with the opportunity to meet Newbery Honor author Gary Schmidt!

About the IRW Community Book Club

Who can join? All fifth and sixth graders living on MDI or attending MDIRSS schools. A parent, guardian or other adult is required to participate with you

I want to join! Pre-registration is required. Registration is open from September 13-27. 

What do we get to do? Each child/ adult pair will receive two free copies of Pay Attention, Carter Jones, have the opportunity to participate in fun, book-related activities and meet the author, Gary Schmidt!

How do we get our books? Book distribution begins September 30. Books will be available for pickup at the Jesup Memorial Library, Northeast Harbor Library and Southwest Harbor Public Library. Indicate your preferred pickup location on your registration form

What do we need to do? Each pair is required to read the book in its entirety and attend the event on Thursday, October 24, with Gary Schmidt. We hope you'll join us in the other activities listed below!

Community Book Club Events

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, October 5, Seal Cove Auto Museum

Take a ride in a Bentley like Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick's! IRW Community Book Club registrants will get this special opportunity and free entry to the museum. (You will receive a bookmark along with your book that will serve as the museum pass)

6 p.m., Thursday, October 10, Southwest Harbor Public Library

4 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, Northeast Harbor Library

Interactive book activities and discussion

6 p.m., Thursday, October 24, Northeast Harbor Library

Gary Schmidt presentation and book signing