Book Clubs

The perfect time to start your own book club or take your existing club online.

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Book Clubs - Turning a new page.

The book club may have been around for hundreds of years, but in 2020 it’s growing in numbers among not just millennials and online but round kitchen tables, living rooms and local venues, and attracting kinds of people from all walks of life. With social distancing in place, getting together in the literacy world is becoming ever more difficult, but now you can get back together online.

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Whether you are reading fiction or non-fiction, a short story or classic books, setting up your next monthly book club could not be easier. We have ready-to-go rooms for discussions, panel discussions, fireside chats, whatever environment makes you feel comfortable taking about the best books to read or the New York's best seller list.

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The book

You can have a good book club discussion about a bad book, but it’s always more fun when members connect to the material (and in these times, who wants to invest energy in a book that feels like homework?).

For your first meeting, start with an accessible novel — one with interesting characters, which are often more fun to debate than plot points.

The discussion

The best discussions arise out of questions that are open-ended so everyone can bring their own perspectives and offer more than simple “yes, I agree” or “no, I don’t” answers. As the leader, you’ll want to come prepared with more questions than you might think necessary. It’s also nice to ask a couple members to have a question ready so you can tap them when conversation starts to lag or you notice that they’re not getting involved (this is especially helpful if you have a member on the shy side who wants to participate but feels more comfortable knowing in advance what they’re going to say).

Stay on topic

And finally, remember that the most important thing right now is to bring people together and lift each other up. If you lose track of the topic at hand, well, that probably means you’re having the conversation you need to be having right now.