Libraries Provide Resources for Book Clubs
Book clubs are a great way to share the joys of reading, as well as keep up with trends on the latest books and broaden one's tastes - not to mention enjoy the companionship of fellow readers.
Libraries can help in making suggestions that will enhance the book club experience.
In New Jersey, the Galloway Township branch of the Atlantic County Library System uses the book club concept to enhance the learning experience of young readers.
An article in The Press of Atlantic City talks about Book Adventures, a program aimed at children in the first six grades that not only involves books and discussions, but also games and crafts - and sometimes edible crafts.
In the article, library representative Bev Bird said, "It's more than a book club. My impression is that it encompasses more activities than just a book club. It's been very popular and older kids are sometimes a tough audience."
Each month the group meets, focusing on a different theme, including "Cabin Fever," an installment in the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series.
The Idaho Falls Public Library is one library that offers resources for aspiring book clubs.
Its website offers "Book Clubs in a Box." Visitors can browse reading guides by title, author and genre. It also offers guides on running a book club, reading resources and online book clubs through Book-Clubs-Resource.com.
The Hennepin County Library offers book club kits that are available for pickup at any county library. Each kit contains 8-10 copies of one title, discussion questions, and tips for a successful book group.
Visit your library to learn about local book clubs and suggestions for your book club.
Photo credit: "Book club" by robertmichalove.