Boys Book Club

Changing the lives of young men in Philadelphia

Good morning Bishop Johnson, Reverend Booker and Members and Guest of The 
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

My name is Anthony.  I am thirteen.  The Boys’ Book Club formed three years ago and I have been a member for the last two and a half years.  I am excited to be representing the other nine members in the Book Club.  

We meet every month, write a book report and orally present our reports.  I have enjoyed reading a variety of books.  It was hard to choose, but three of my favorite books are The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Middle School Get Me Out of Here! and Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing. 

Our meetings are held at many different places and usually on the third Saturday of the month.  For example, we have held our book club meetings at a roller skating rink, a local bowling place and the Dave and Busters’ Restaurant and Arcade.  We even went to Washington, DC and visited the Martin Luther King Memorial and had a private lunch at the home of an editor of the Washington Post Newspapers.  We have also visited Cheyney University and attended a Black Male Conference at Arcadia University.  We will be visiting other universities this year.  No matter where we go we still orally present our book reports.


Being in the book club motivates me to read and keeps me pushing to do my best work in school.  My grades have improved since I’ve been in the book club.  I would like to stay in the book club until I go to college or until we drive Miss Lenora “Crazy”.  I would encourage other young people to read and to do good in school.  

Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences about The Boys’ Book Club.  


this Presentation was delivered ON THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013 at the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church at the Greater Philadelphia Expo in Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania .



Approximately 1,000 individuals were present.