This program unit has been developed since 2009 and the backbone of its development is a team of people gathered around the “Halfway” Festival, hosted by Užice High School (organisers: Ružica Marjanović, Nenad Veličković). At one point, the network gathered 12 reading clubs in 12 towns in Serbia. The clubs have encompassed high school students gathered in their schools and public libraries under the mentorship of literature teachers and library associates. The following associates have participated in the work of the reading clubs: Emina Selmanović – Novi Pazar, Tanja Rusimović i Sanja Stamenković – Vranje, Jasmina Jović – Vladičin Han, Suzana Rogar, Sonja Popović, Nina Milanović i Veroslava Todorović – Kragujevac, Nada Banjanin Đuričić – Belgrade, Rada Gava – Bela Crkva, Marija Berar – Kikinda, Vlada Arsenić – Zrenjanin, Elizabeta Georgieva – Dimitrovgrad, Ružica Marjanović i Gordana Danilović – Užice, Petar Matović – Požega, Slavica Jovanović – Kosjerić.
The selection and recommendations of books is the responsibility of writers, critics, editors and literature teachers from the country and the region, which are part of the regional literary scene. They are also guest lecturers and seminar leaders: Dejan Ilić, editor of “Book Factory”, Nenad Veličković, Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo and writer, Ružica Marjanović, literature teacher in Užice High School, Almir Alić, writer, etc.
Through reading clubs, the youth are encouraged to read the best fiction and poetry by authors from the region. We have been doing this in the belief that young people reading quality literature from the immediate surroundings develop susceptibility and understanding of others, and thus become wiser and better people.
The model is as follows: the club has 10 to 20 members – young people aged 15 to 20. They meet two to four times a month. They communicate over the network of reading clubs on Facebook. They recommend to each other books to read. Group 484 procures and distributes the books that are hard to find. Reading habits and readers’ taste change over time, and literary skills develop: members of the reading clubs write blurbs (recommendations for reading, written on a back of a book) for books in “Small Box”.
“Small Box” and “Texture” are issued within the program unit dedicated to regional literature.
Readers` clubs encourage young people to read the most quality prose and poetry of regional authors. We are doing this assured that young people, reading quality literary works created in immediate environment, develop sensitivity and understanding of others, thus becoming wiser and better people themselves.
Each club counts 10 to 20 members – young people from 15 to 20 years old. They meet two to four times a month. They communicate through a network of readers` clubs on Facebook. They recommend books to each other. Group 484 provides and distributes the scarce titles. Reading habits and tastes change overtime and even affinities for writing develop. Club members write blurbs (reading recommendations at the back of a book) in Little box (original Mala kutija).