Here’s a fun book club idea for kids. Rediscovered Books in Boise, ID, partnered with the Discovery Center of Idaho to present a monthly “Nick and Tesla’s Super Science Book Club.” One afternoon each month, the group meets at the Discovery Center for a 30 minute discussion of a book from the Nick and Tesla science series followed by a science demonstration and experiment relating to the book. For $18, each ticket holder receives a copy of the book, admission to the center, a science kit to take home, and participation in the in-class experiment.
Rediscovered Books is owned by Laura and Bruce DeLaney, but Bruce was quick to give credit for the book club partnership idea and all of the legwork involved to others on the Rediscovered Books team, Jamie Schildkneckt and Erin Nelson.
Rediscovered Books marketed the event through their kids newsletter and combined their marketing efforts with those at the Discovery Center. Although posters promoting the joint event can be seen all over town, they were careful about over-marketing because space is limited to 25 kids.
This isn’t the first time Rediscovered Books has partnered with the Discovery Center. In fact, the center recently held a robot battle at the bookstore. “Since my wife and I opened the bookstore, we’ve always tried to exist outside of our physical space,” DeLaney told me. “We don’t just want to sell stuff, we want to make connections and build bridges in the community. We want to get people excited about reading.”
The Discovery Center and the bookstore share a similar mission and are both hands-on. The director of education at the Discovery Center will lead the book club and bookstore staff will be on hand.
DeLaney said that if these first sessions are successful, they’ll look at potentially scheduling an event each quarter. “We’ve committed to 3 months, and after that, we’ll sit down and evaluate.”