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What was the hypothesis and was it tested properly?

Online Book Clubs for PReteens and Teens

Chase BartonMEDA 5950


The article "Online Book Clubs for Preteens and Teens" discusses the use of online book clubs by the Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. I feel like the idea is a great idea, in theory, to maybe help young readers to get into reading a bit more than they might. The article discusses the decline of reading as teens age. I can see that the discussion is relevevant and that there is a need to increase interest in reading for the targeted age groups. I wanted this article to really shed some light on ways to get teens to read more, but I feel like the findings were rather disappointing. The writers hide a hypothesis in the article, which will be discussed next.

"Given adolescents' predisposition to technology, online book clubs may be a motivating factor for preteens and teens to sustain and encourage their voluntary reading of books and other print and multimedia as they move through adolescence." - Scharber, Melrose, and Wurl 2009


I I feel like this is the hypothesis of the article that the author is looking to prove. The article is about online book clubs and teens. They discuss how "participating in online book clubs is considered a new literacies practice where book clubs serve as forums for young people to socialize, discuss books and utilize new literacies including chatting and posting messages to discussion boards (Scharber et al 2009)." With technology at the fingertips of teens and preteens, I can see how an online book club might motivate young readers to read more. I was interested to find out the findings of their research.

Was the hypothesis tested properly?

This article explored the use of online book clubs in the state of Minnesota in the Hennepin County Public Library. I feel like the hypothesis could have been tested better. I think to better test the hypothesis, the researchers could have reached further than just that library system and state. Involving more libraries that were participating in simlar programs could have given more results and offered more discussion of the findings within the article.


  • SCHARBER, C. M., MELROSE, A., & WURL, J. (2009). Online book clubs for preteens and teens: Web 2.0 and gaming in libraries. Library Review (Glasgow), 58(3), 176–195.