Friday, September 2, 2016

BOOK GROUPS 101



You can join book clubs in-person, online, over the radio, via Skype, or on television. If in-person, where do you meet? In homes and houses of worship, at coffee shops and restaurants, in staff rooms during lunch hours, and famously, at libraries. Book groups have become huge parts of our lives. Some communities and colleges pick one title for an entire city or institution to read at the same time to create a book group to bring many together in a shared reading and discussion experience.

Here at the Monrovia Public Library you can join The Novel-T's, an adult book group that meets the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm-7:45pm. Members select the titles and designated leaders facilitate discussions. No need to register - just show up for a spirited discussion!

Upcoming meetings include:

August 23: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

September 27: Atonement by Ian McEwan



If you want to start your own book group, the Monrovia Library has some titles to get you organized. The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting a Book Club by Patrick Sauer and The Reading Group Handbook by Rachel Jacobsohn are guides that offer ideas about when and where to meet, what kinds of members to invite and who will lead the discussions.

Here are some websites that will help you select book titles. And, why buy books when you can check them out for free?



Oprah's Book Club - complete title list
https://www.google.com/search?q=oprah+book+club+list&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Reading Group Guides - includes author information and discussion questions
http://www.readinggroupguides.com/

Good Reads - popular book club titles
https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/book-club

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