Ben Carson Book Club Event Set for Yale Commons on Saturday
When a capacity crowd attended Dr. Ben Carson’s appearance at Yale University last April, it was clear that his influence spanned many generations, thereby spawning the idea for creating the Ben Carson Yale University Book Club to encourage children and their families to read together.
Carson, a Yale graduate and member of the University’s governing body - the Yale Corporation - describes in his autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” how his life changed for the better once he embraced reading. The book club that bears his name and is sponsored by Yale University is an incentive program designed to mobilize the community to encourage young people to read, weigh television-viewing choices and to earn “THINK BIG” prizes by supporting club members throughout the city.
On Saturday, February 22, starting at 2:30 p.m., Yale University will host an event for book club members and their families at Yale Commons dining hall, at the corner of Grove and College streets.
The event includes word games from 2:30-3:30 p.m., when participants try their hand at Boggle, word bingo and different puzzles at one of the 40 tables set up for the event. Winners get an extra chance to win one of the many prizes. From 3:30-4:00 p.m., participants will get a video welcome from Carson followed by prize drawings hosted by members of the Office of New Haven and State Affairs. The event will culminate with a celebratory cake served at the conclusion of the drawings.
The main branch of the New Haven Free Public Library serves as headquarters for the book club, with the library branches providing satellite club sites throughout the city. The program includes students in grades 2-6. Members were recruited through schools, churches and community centers. Groups currently running youth programs in New Haven may incorporate Dr. Carson’s “THINK BIG” philosophy into their programs and encourage all students to read, strive for academic excellence and become strong humanitarians.