Pizza leads to literacy (everyone knows that)

What has 280 toes, eats 4 pizzas in an hour, and was recently featured in a podcast?


Why, the Teen Pizza and Book Club at the Lake Forest Park Library, of course!

Meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at the Lake Forest Park Library, Pizza and Books attracts between 6 and 18 readers between the ages of 12 and 20.


Sessions are often a literary mosh pit, with teens endorsing the reading discoveries of their peers and suggesting other likely titles to each other as they nosh astonishing amounts of pizza.

Books discussed in a single session might range from fun graphic novels like Lumberjanes

to childhood faves like The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse

to complex tales for mature audiences, such as AMERICAN GODS.

As the nominal adult in the room, my task is to take notes on the eclectic list of books discussed each month (and to eat pizza).

And, sometimes, to invite guests to join the group.


Recently, Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher brought their recording equipment and their wonderful smiles (and a healthy appetite for pizza) to Lake Forest Park and joined in the melee.

They had excellent questions for the teens, and the kids even managed to tell the Librarian Superhero

about a series of books she hadn't read yet!


Want to listen to the podcast?  Here's the link to listen--and the list of books discussed at that meeting on that page, too!

Want to join the group?  Teen Pizza and Books is open to students ages 12 to 20, and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Lake Forest Park Library.