As the saying goes, books open windows to the world. Unfortunately, not all children could reach those windows due to various factors. One of the factors is limited access to books because of uneven distribution. Considering this factor, Taman Baca Inovator (TBI) Foundation bridges the gap by establishing libraries in various areas that have limited access to books. In addition to increasing reading interest by opening libraries in some areas, TBI also make the effort to attract children to read books and help them have good understanding of the books they read at the TBI libraries.
One way to make the children not merely read the books but also understand the books is through a book club. The book club program is an effort initiated by TBI to help the children in each TBI library to understand the books they are reading. The book club itself is not a complicated activity for children as it is actually a simple activity that does not require many media and it also does not have complicated rules. As long as there are books, place, participants, notebooks, and mentors, the activity can be carried out.
The TBI’s book club has been carried out regularly in some TBI libraries managed by Taman Baca Inovator, such as TBI Florence Nightingale (Western Southeast Maluku), TBI Alexander Graham Bell and TBI Isaac Newton (Bogor), and TBI Robert Baden Powell (North Tapanuli). By definition, a Book Club itself is a group activity to discuss several books selected by the group. Through the discussion, the participants are expected to understand every message and information contained in the books that they discussed.
In addition, this TBI book club activity is also expected to be able to increase the children’s critical thinking in regard to various kinds of texts that they will encounter in the future. The book club also aims to boost the children’s confidence through group discussion process and deepen their understanding of literacy which not only covers text reading but also text understanding and writing. Therefore, the book club is an important tool to develop a better literacy for Indonesia.(Nurkholis Makki)