Eastwood's Book Club For Spanish-Speaking Students

Eastwood's Spanish literary club, Circulo Literario, sponsored by Ms. Rocio Ricarte, is a book club that encourages reading in both Spanish and English. "This club is open to all students who have a passion for reading," Ricarte said. She decided to start the club because of her own love for books, and because she teaches AP Spanish Literature classes.

Circulo Literario meets in Ricarte's classroom (P-6) on the fourth Thursday of every month. During meetings, discussions revolve around the month's assigned book. These discussions are in Spanish only, because some members are not yet fluent in English. Snacks and drinks as well as fun activities related to reading are incorporated into club meetings.

Senior club president Valeria Fontes said, "There are so many good things about this club, but definitely my favorite is having the opportunity to promote the reading, not only in the club, but also in my community."

Senior Alejandra Licon explained that her favorite part about Circulo Literario is getting to discover a variety of literature and authors. "I enjoy getting recommendations and reviews of books from other members," Licon said.

Ricarte hopes that the club will allow students to acquire advantages that they can apply in their daily school work, such as mental stimulation, memory improvement, stronger analytical thinking skills, and improved focus and concentration. She also hopes the club will help construct members' social skills through meeting other people who enjoy reading Spanish literature and participating in community activities. "I think reading is not only about discovery and imagination, but also about preparing students for life," Ricarte said.

Ricarte welcomes any new members and encourages students to come to meetings and participate in the discussion, regardless of whether or not they have read the month's book. Circulo Literario's Mission Statement reveals the club goals, "To expand members' personal literary experience by reading and discussing works chosen by the students in Spanish in a friendly and open environment and inspire others to read."