Young Critics’ Club

The Young Critics Club is made up of 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-graders that get together to read brand-new, just published books. Throughout the year, they read and review over thirty books of every genre and cultivate a list of their Favorite Books of the Year to recommend to their peers!

The Club meets on alternate Wednesdays year-round at 4 PM. At each meeting, Young Critics get to know each other better with a book-themed game, then grab a snack and discuss their recent reads.

Each meeting, Ms. Jen and Mrs. Woodward booktalk a new book and share their new finds with the group. Young Critics get first dibs on these selections and rate and report back at the next meeting.


How Can I Join?

  • Are you entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in Fall 2023?
  • Are you available most Wednesdays at 4 PM, year-round?
  • Can you fill out the application and call for an interview by yourself? (Your parents can’t apply for you!)

If you answered yes to these questions, then follow the steps below.

1. Print out an application or pick one up at the Youth Services Desk 
2. Fill it out and drop it off at the Youth Services Desk
3. Call Ms. Jen (203-637-8802) to make an appointment for a brief interview (Parents cannot call for you!)
4. Come to your interview at your allotted time, ready to discuss your application and the books you like!

After all interviews have been completed, we will let you know if you have made it into the Club or if you have been placed on our waiting list.


 YCC’s Favorite Books of the Year

Summer 2023 Meeting Dates

Wednesdays at 4 PM on:

  • July 12th
  • July 26th
  • August 2nd
  • August 16th

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