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The new breakfast club

SHELBURNETheres a new breakfast club for kids in Shelburne, but it bears little resemblance to the 80s hit movie where a day-long detention is worsened by the pompous Principal Vernon. This breakfast club is a new program for young writers to get together over Saturday morning breakfast and share stories, ideas, and poems, and is facilitated by the much more affable Katie Bosley, Pierson Librarys youth services director. Last Saturday, The Breakfast Club had their second meeting at the library and worked on several writing exercises including stories about acquiring scars and describing a person met while sitting on a bench. The stories ranged from real to imagined, non-fiction to fantasy, but they were all well-written by a thoughtful group that shares a passion for writing. The small, intimate group ranges in age from nine to 14, and Bosley said that without the program, some of them may not have met. While some of the students attend Shelburne Community School and several attend the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, Bosley said that everyone knew someone, when joining the group. Meeting on the first and third Saturday mornings of the month seemed to work, said Bosley, because many kids in Shelburne tend to have a lot of other time commitments. Although the group is small, she said she is happy with the size and group dynamic that developed quickly. Food always helps facilitate a quick bond, she said, and provides something other than just the pressure to interact. After finishing up writing exercises, group members take turns sharing their stories, although there is never pressure to share their work, said Bosley. The Breakfast Club has also begun work on a larger group project, where each participant will write a chapter of an ongoing story that follows the adventures of a coin. The first chapter was written by Juliet, who also works as a shelver at Pierson Library. As the groups story progresses the Sentinel will run excerpts of the ongoing work. Bosley said of Shelburnes breakfast club, Im really impressed by them.

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