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Join the Club!. Tips and Tricks for running A successful book club. Presented at NLA 2012 by Rebecca Colbert and Debbie Tinsler. Ask the big questions . Who? Friends? Co-workers? Church? Moms ? Library patrons? When? Morning, noon, night, weekdays, weekends Where?

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Join the Club!

Tips and Tricks for running

A successful book club

Presented at NLA 2012

by Rebecca Colbert

and Debbie Tinsler


Ask the big questions

  • Who?

  • Friends? Co-workers? Church?

  • Moms? Library patrons?

  • When?

  • Morning, noon, night, weekdays, weekends

  • Where?

  • Library, public place, home, online?


What types of books?

  • Fiction,

  • non-fiction,

  • children’s,

  • classics,

  • genres?


Lay the groundwork

  • Will you feed them?

  • What will you name your group?

  • How often will you meet?

  • Monthly?

  • Bi-monthly?

  • Hiatus?

  • Summers, holidays?


Marketing:spreading the word


Shout it out!

Spread the word!

Use the Internet!


Shout it out with…

  • Flyers

  • Bookmarks

  • Newspaper listing

  • Word of mouth

  • Displays


Reach out and invite book lovers

  • Email

  • Facebook

  • Evite

  • Twitter

  • At the public services desks!


Online book clubs

  • http://twitcam.livestream.com/

  • Chat in real time, post in twitter or facebook, use webcam with comments, or blog together!

  • You can run your book club totally online.

  • Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Goodreads offer platforms.


Choosing the books


ask around

Network with readers, librarians, patrons to find the best books for your club. A trusted reader friend can double your book choices!


Go find the books!

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/books/review/100-notable-books-of-2011.html?_r=0

  • http://www.earlyword.com

  • http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2011#book/book-1

  • http://www.bookriot.com

  • http://www.booklistonline.com


Consider these…

  • Narrative Style – first person, plural points of view, literary vs popular.

  • Geography – international authors and settings, regional variety.

  • Genre – thrillers, romance, westerns, fantasy, legal dramas, historical.

  • Variety – keep it interesting!


choosing the right questions


Let your fingers do the walking!

  • www.readinggroupguides.com

  • www.litlovers.com

  • www.bookbrowse.com


Introduce the author

  • Research the author’s biography to provide context and an introduction to your discussion.

  • Publisher’s and author’s websites, Biography Resource Center, Literature Resource Center, and the almighty Google can help you find information about the author to share!

  • Find author interviews online to “hear” their voice and perspective.


The first meeting

  • Introductions

  • Sign In Sheet

  • Prepared questions

  • Refreshments

  • Comfortable Chairs

  • An Open Mind


Ask careful questions

Closed

Open

What did you like about the book?

Why did you identify with a specific character?

Why ____________?

  • Did you like the book?

  • Who was your favorite character?

  • Would you recommend it?


General discussion questions

  • How did you experience the book? All at once or was it hard to get into? How did you feel reading it?

  • Is the book plot driven or character driven?

  • Whose story is it? The protagonist or someone else’s?

  • Did you relate to/feel empathy for any of the characters? Who and why?

  • What is the book’s structure? Does this work best for the narrative?

  • Was the ending satisfying?

  • What did the book leave you wanting to know?


Discussion tips

  • Let silence speak.

  • Have a go-to discussion person.

  • Leave the book!

  • Respect all voices; there are no right or wrong answers.

  • Refrain from teaching the book.

  • LISTEN

  • LISTEN

  • LISTEN


Have fun!


Readinggroupguides.com


www.litlovers.com


Facebook blurb


www.Goodreads.com


Youtube book club


Library webpages


Real goodreads book club posts


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