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LA CROSSE, Wis., (April 24, 2024) – Logan High School, in partnership with the La Crosse Public Library, is thrilled to announce its participation in The Great Stories Club, a prestigious reading and discussion program for teens.

The Great Stories Club, made possible through a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), aims to empower libraries and schools to engage young adults with accessible, thought-provoking literature.

Through the joint efforts of teen librarian Linda Jerome from the La Crosse Public Library and Christina Scoville, a teacher at Logan High School, the club has been awarded two themes. These themes, “Finding Your Voice: Speaking Truth to Power” and “Deeper than Our Skins: The Present Is a Conversation with the Past,” guide students through eight carefully selected books.

“Engaging with literature that explores big questions about the world around them and their place in it is vital for our students’ growth and understanding,” said Logan High School Teacher Christina Scoville. “Through the Great Stories Club, we have the remarkable chance to ignite hope within our kids, empowering them to discover their voices and shape their futures.”

Selected as one of only 58 libraries nationwide, the La Crosse Public Library will work closely with Logan High School’s LaCrossroads program to engage students in thought-provoking discussions on themes of race, equity, identity, and history. Through curated selections such as “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo and “American Street” by Ibi Zoboi, students will explore their voices and perspectives while delving into important societal issues.

The April session focused on “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang. Following a discussion of the book, students participated in an interactive activity where they created masks representing aspects of their identity and heroism. The students also had the unique opportunity to engage with the author via Zoom in the afternoon.