For Book Clubs

“A book discussion group is a forum where readers can come together and talk about books and the reading experience … There are adult groups, student-led groups, mother-daughter groups, father-son groups, and parent-child groups, to name just a few."

 

Find a Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible, if you don't know where to look. But you'll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places.

Start a Book Club

Thinking of starting your own book club? If you're looking for a book club to join, check with your library. Libraries often provide meeting space for book clubs and many administer their own book discussion groups. Learn how to get started and find tips about structuring your meetings, facilitating a great discussion link, and finding the right books.

Be a Book Club Member

Most people feel inadequate when they first join a book group. These tips will help you show grace under fire and become an invaluable member of your book club.

Lead a Book Club

You've elected—or have been elected—to lead a book club. Now what?

Structure a Meeting

Learn about some basic book-club ground rules including: how much time to alot do's and don'ts for selecting books, holding a discussion with and without a leader, and stucturing the format of the meeting. Read more about structuring book group meetings.  

Facilitate a Discussion

It’s important to have someone in charge of leading the group’s discussion in a diplomatic way that will benefit all group members. Read more about facilitating book group meetings.

Troubleshoot a Book Club

Does your book club need a tune-up? Check out these tactful ways for book-club leaders to identify the source of interruptions and harness them for good.

Find Book Ideas

Most book groups have a rotating selection of books. However, a number of cities, schools, churches, organizations, and conferences have used the “One Book, One City” model as a starting point for book discussions. Resources are also available from The Library of Congress Center for the Book, American Library Association Public Programs Office, the ALA Library, and ALA’s Booklist, which has a number of lists of adult, children, and young-adult books. Read more about finding book ideas for your book club.

Further Resources

There are many types of book clubs and many things to keep in mind when organizing a group. Special consideration should be given to things such as how to select titles, negotiate group dynamics, and lead and facilitate intelligent discussion. Below are our favorite books and websites to get you started. Read more about resources for your book club.

 

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