Reason #41: Anyone Can Start a Book Club

Reason #41: Anyone can start a book club

A few years ago, when you wanted to organize a book club this is what would happen. You would find two or three copies of one book, and everybody in the group would hurry up and read it and then pass it on to the next member to give everyone a chance to read it. Whew – a little stressful! Alternatively, you would find 10 people who were willing to buy a new book for each meeting. Yikes – a bit expensive! So we thought we could help. We borrow extra copies from other libraries of the title that you select and have them ready for your book club each month. We now assist 17 book clubs this way.

If you would like us to help you with your book club, talk to us at the Information Desk. We’ll ask you to provide us with the name of a contact person, the number of copies you will require for each meeting, and the name of your book club. Choose a “fun” name for your club – it makes life more interesting for us! Provide us with a yearly schedule of your meeting dates and the book selections. Since new books are not available through interlibrary loan, the titles should be ones that have been on the market for a year or more. There are two ways for the book club members to pick up their books. The contact person can pick up a bag of books and distribute them to the members, or we place the books on a designated shelf, and each club member signs out their own copy.

Extras – we always want to do more! We can help you choose titles that have been popular book club choices, or provide a list of titles/authors that are similar to what you have liked in the past. We may be able to get the title as an audio book or in large print.

We find that each book club takes on a life of its own. Some groups read only “light” fiction. Some read only science fiction. Some provide guest speakers to lead the discussion. There is one thing that they all have in common though – a love of reading.

To register your book club, contact Susan Andrews at the Information Desk by phone, 519-631-6050 ext. 8013, or by email, sandrews@st-thomas.library.on.ca.

 

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