It’s been another great semester in World Literature Today Book Club. I’m really glad that I chose this as my international club because it fulfills my passions for reading and international awareness. This semester we have read several really amazing books including The Vegetarian by Han Kang, The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugrešić, and The Life of Elves by Muriel Barberry. Reading international literature is a great way to learn about the culture of different places. Through the characters and the author’s handling of the characters you learn about values, customs, and milieu of a particular place at a particular time.
That is precisely the goal of World Literature Today Book Club: to spread international awareness and connectedness through literature. Taking this mission, we have decided to add a volunteer component to our club. One initial idea that we’ve decided to pursue would be to spread this mission to local children. In order to do this, we’re going to contact the Norman Public Library System and see if we can come up with a plan where WLT Book Club can read international children’s books to local kids and give small age-appropriate presentations to the children about the countries where the books they are reading come from. I’m very excited about this program and have taken on the role of Volunteer Coordinator so I can try to get it set up during Christmas Break and the first part of the Spring Semester. I think it would a fun way to get people involved in the international community from an early age and get children excited about other countries. Hopefully this program will become a success.
Looking forward, I think that WLT Book Club has some room to grow. Currently we only have about six regular members, so spreading the word and increasing to 10-12 members would make for a more complete organization. I’ve enjoyed my time in WLT Book Club this semester and look forward to participating next semester.