An Inter-generational Book Club

For several years, the Berkeley Heights Education Foundation has sponsored a “Literary Lunches” program at Columbia Middle School. This program brings together students, staff and community members to discuss a book while enjoying lunch and treats provided by the BH Education Foundation.

Do you like to read and talk about books?

If you are an interested community member, please contact the BHEF trustees via email at You can attend as many sessions as you would like.  Books are provided to community members at the Berkeley Heights Public Library.

This program continues with one session each for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades (there are separate sessions for each grade). Interested students have the opportunity to sign up through their Language Arts/English teachers and receive a pre-selected book courtesy of the BHEF.  If you are an interested Columbia Middle School student, please contact your Language Arts/English teacher to sign up.

Some of our Literary Lunch History

In November 28, 2012, the BHEF proudly sponsored a literary lunch at Governor Livingston High School featuring a discussion of “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers.  It is a true story set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Students, community members and staff will discussed this book in small groups during the lunch.

GL teachers Doreen Ladinski and Sharon Leahy organized this much-appreciated program, which was an outgrowth of a prior BHEF grant involving a literary lunch held in November 2010. The grant had included a very successful literary lunch featuring “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time”, part of a service learning project to raise awareness about education and literacy in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and inspired by a “Pennies for Peace” initiative.