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Jan 6 2012

Book Club Resources

by Amanda L

Are you in a book club or have you ever wanted to join a book club?  The Library is a great place to find a book club to join, find books for your book club or learn different ways to run your club.

Here are some resources you might find helpful:

Good books lately: the one-stop resource for book groups and other greedy readers by Ellen Moore and Kira Stevens 

In Good Books Lately, the founders of the country’s first book group consulting company dish out fun, stimulating advice based on their own experiences and those of hundreds of book group members on everything from: how to start a group—and keep it going, how to tell a book by its cover (really!), how to generate a lively discussion, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, dirt, and favorite book lists, the best and worst book group books, and book group troubleshooting.

 Teen book group discussion @ the library by Constance B. Dickerson

This guide for young adult librarians and teachers profiles fifty titles, including novels, biographies, and plays; it offers notes on their themes, genre, and characters, as well as discussion points. Individual chapters discuss the purpose of reading groups, advertising, scheduling, group size, and creating a comfortable environment.

The Kids book club book: reading ideas, recipes, activities, and smart tips for organizing terrific kids book clubs by Judy Gelman and Vicki LevyKrupp

The first complete guide-for use by adults and children-to creating fun and educational book clubs for kids.

The Book club companion: a comprehensive guide to the reading group experience by Diana Loevy

The Book Club Companion is full of innovative ideas to help you share your love of books-not only enriching your reading experiences, but strengthening friendships (and forming new ones).

Read it and eat: a month by month guide to scintillating book club selections and mouthwatering menus by Sarah Gardner

A must-have for reading groups whose members love Jacqueline Susann as much as John Steinbeck and Cosmopolitans as much as chamomile tea. Read It and Eat is a hip, witty, and occasionally irreverent guide to creating book club get-togethers with flair, sparkle, and delicious food and drink based on Gardner’s popular newsletter, The Literary Gathering.

Did you know that the Library offers book club kits for adults, young readers and in the future for teens/tween?

The adult kits are called Book Group Take Out and can be found by searching under Series using the words, Book Group Take Out. The young readers kits are called Book Buddies Take-Out and can be found by searching under Series using the words, Book Buddies.

Finally, if you are a Teen/Tween or interested in book clubs for this age, the Stonecrest Library will be presenting Book Clubs Demystified on January 21, 2012. This event will feature  local author Tia McCollors who will share ideas on how to set up, facilitate and participate in book clubs. Local performer, LaDoris Bias Davis will share with us through the art of storytelling.  Interested teens and tweens can sign up for the inaugural book clubs during this event. Funding is provided by Target.


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