Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Clubs Made Easy

Are you tired of hunting down a dozen copies of the same book for your book club?  Tired of typing up discussion questions and author information?  Did you know that you and your patrons can check out a Book Club Kit to make running a book club really easy!?  Book Club Kits are sets of 12 copies (including one large print copy when available) of the same book that can be checked out as a unit.  Each kit includes a Reading Guide that provides information about the author, discussion questions, read-alikes and tips to start and run a successful book club.

There are currently 26 kits available with more being added in 2013.  

Running a successful book club requires a good leader; someone to help choose the right book, to keep people on topic and to keep the discussion moving.  There are a number of resources available in print and online to help.  

Resources for Book Clubs Available From the Chinook Arch Library System:
Call # 
The Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Book Club.
Jacobsen, Rachel W
374.22 J
The Book Club Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to the Reading Group experience
Diana Loevy
374.22 L
What to Read: The Essential Guide for Reading Group Members and Other Book Lovers
Pearlman, Mickey
015.73 P 
A Year of Reading A Month-by-month Guide to Classics and Crowd-pleasers for You and your Book Group By 
Ellington, Elisabeth
011.73 E
Good Books Lately The One-stop Resource for Book Groups and Other Greedy Readers By 
Moore, Ellen
374.22 M

Online resources for Book Clubs:
Book Clubs Canada
Reading Group Guides
Also, most major publishers include book discussion guides for their titles on their website.

(book club resource list developed by Heather Nicholson, Coaldale Public Library)

I hope these resources help you lead engaging discussions of some of the best books.

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