|Progressionista Book Club|
Where girls read for fun
What a year has 2020 been for all of us! Despite its challenges, this is the first time many of our girls have been able to explore the beauty of home.
That's why, we are so happy to share our vision for our seventh program year:
We're bringing the inspiration and joy of Progressionista to each girl's house.
Here is what we will do:
SHARE A STORY!
High-quality videos with Progressionistas sharing their story will be produced and sent to girls enrolled in program monthly.
DELIVER A BOOK EXPERIENCE!
Boxes highlighting the Progressionista will include a book and activity related to her career and safely be distributed to doorsteps,
BUILD SISTERHOOD THROUGH WRITING
To foster sisterhood, Progressionista Home will include a pen pal program where girls can write letters to each other with all of the supplies needed in each monthly box.
Ready to begin turning the pages while propped up on your own pillows? Sign up (or your daughter up!) here.
A special thank you to the Detroit Public Library Foundation for sponsoring us this school year.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our March 2020 meetings at all of our locations are canceled. We miss you! Here's something you can do during our time away from each other.
We BLOSSOMED at this book club meeting. We heard from our Progressionista, Sonia Turner, founder of Words and Blossoms, and learned all about calligraphy and floral arrangements! We created our own calligraphy on chalkboards and designed our own floral arrangements. The best part is we are all set to start reading Blooming by Kimberly Willis Holt!
We are amped for college after this meeting! CEO of Quad College Advising and attorney, Emphani Aldridge, was our Progressionista and she shared the ultimate college prep gems. After hearing from her, the girls worked with our Blue Crew and some college resource books to research the college perfect for them. Afterwards, they designed college announcement posters!!!! What an amazing way to start our next book Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown!
We got the job at our meeting this weekend! Our progressionista was HR veteran Shanika Dennis who taught us about Human Resources, applying for jobs, and interview etiquette! After her talk, we did a fun role play activity where we applied and interviewed for jobs with each other— we even got to dress the part! We’re all inspired to start reading Amelia Bedelia: On the Job! ✨😊💗
This meeting had us in stitches! We Laughed Out Loud with comedienne and actress Delorean Brown and she helped us write our own jokes and perfect our improv skits! We took home the book Funny Girl for our next read and two of our mom’s received Tiffany Haddish books to read along with us this month! Thanks Delorean for sharing your time with us!
This weekend, Progressionista became squeaky clean when Lutece Shreve, Owner of A.L.L. Clean Home and Commercial Care spoke to us. After she shared her journey to entrepreneurship in cleaning, she taught us how to make our own natural cleaning products! We had a blast testing them on surfaces around the library basement. Now we’re super ready to read Amelia Bedelia Cleans Up!
This book club meeting, we learned how to be citizens of the world! Our progressionista, Sachi Lewis, owner of S.L.A.Y.S. Travel, taught us how to not only plan a trip effectively but she inspired us to use travel to transform our lives! After her talk, we did a fun activity where we planned our own trips! We researched to plan out our itineraries, book our transportation tickets, and even pack our bags! The next stop is reading Judy Moody: 8 1/2 Days Around the World by Megan McDonald.
We went to the carnival at this month's book club meeting! After listening to our speaker, Ms. Mercedes, a talented confectioner who makes carnival-style concessions, she taught us how to make our own cotton candy. We kept the meeting going by designing our own caramel apples! We’re super ready to start reading Flor and Miranda: Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres, a book about girls who work at the carnival!
This meeting was delicious! We heard from the super talented baker Jessica Barnes who taught us how to design our very own “pizza cake”! We discussed baking trends and what school subjects we need to make baking happen! After that, we started reading our new read, Cupcake Club by Sheryl Berk together! What a sweet meeting!
Progressionista Book Club
A book club program for girls ages 8-12 that features a woman professional each meeting who mirrors a character out of the next read.
a woman who progresses in life through a love of reading