Carver Cubs Book Club Celebrates Five Years

Celebrating a Service-Learning Project of Assistant Professor Stan Barrera


The Carver Cubs Book Club celebrated its fifth year of engaging young readers during the summer.  This book club began as a partnership between LSU’s Elementary Holmes Program and East Baton Rouge Parish Public Library System in June of 2013 and has continued through support from University Presbyterian Church who helps in providing a grant used to purchase quality literature and school supplies for all club members.

The Carver Cubs Book Club began as a free two-week reading camp where Elementary Holmes graduate students who were enrolled in courses for Reading Specialist certification provided individual instruction and small-group activities to the youngest patrons of Carver Library. Now, the book club has expanded by offering four weeks during the month of June—all to prevent the typical summer reading slump experienced by young developing readers.

Stan Barrera, assistant professor at LSU and Program Advisor for the Elementary Holmes Program founded the Carver Cubs Book Club. Barrera stated that “the neighborhood children’s consistent interest and dedication to participating in the summer program has been the most rewarding” with respect to this partnership with East Baton Rouge Library System.  Kim Skinner, assistant professor at LSU and the current instructor for the Reading Specialist courses, observed that “the summer club has become an expectation of the children with many of them attending year after year and recruiting younger siblings and family members to join them.”

The Carver Cubs Book Club is a service-learning partnership between the College of Human Sciences and Education’s School of Education and East Baton Rouge Parish Library System which was fostered through the Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership at LSU. Through service-learning, college students and community organizations form reciprocal partnerships for the purpose of improving learning and life experiences.


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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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The Secondary Holmes Program is a rigorous 12-month graduate program leading to a Louisiana teaching certificate in grades 6 – 12 and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Established in 1990, this program prepares teachers at the graduate level in secondary subjects (English, mathematics, social studies, biology, chemistry, physics).

Students take much of their course work in intimate subject-area cohorts. A first summer of study is followed by two semesters of course work, which include practicum experiences in carefully selected schools and completion of a teacher research project. Learn more about Secondary Holmes at 


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