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Book Clubs October 19, 2012

Posted by Dori in Thoughtful Ramblings.

Chances are many of you belong to a book club. It may be an organized formal group with titles and meeting dates well chosen in advance. At these meetings, discussions stay on task; a responsible party prepares questions in advance and efficiently moves the discussion along. Or perhaps your group is a little more laid back, like the one I’m in with some friends – we choose a book for the next meeting at the current meeting, skip some months, depending on everyone’ schedule and, often, if I’m being totally honest here – the discussions devolve into personal chit chat almost immediately. But you know, the value is still there. We get to read a wide variety of books, some out of our comfort zones, and we get to spend some genuine human interaction time talking about books – I mean how great is that?

If you haven’t been blessed with membership in a Book Club, now’s the time! October is National Reading Group Month; sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association, their website has book ideas, guides, inspiration, all you need to whip up a group. No excuses!

The library also has a number of books that can get you started. 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is not strictly for book groups, but it’s a cool place to get ideas from. Good Books Lately: The One-Stop Resource for Book Groups and other Needy Readers, written by the founders of the first book club consulting company, is chock full of advice and The Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need to Know, from Choosing Members to Leading Discussions needs no description.

Online resources include Reader’s Advisory Online, LitLover’s Reading Guides and Reading Group Guides. We also have a database which you can get to with your library card. Novelist has reading suggestions, discussion guides and professional resources.

Now’s the time to get family, friends, co-workers reading together. Let us know if we can help!

~ Dori



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