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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tell Booklist About Your Book Club

Over on the Booklist Reader they want to know about your book club, and since I know many of us are in book clubs I wanted to pass on this opportunity here on the blog.

Here is the deal, if you click here or scroll to the details below you will see they are trying to compile information about all of the different types of book clubs there are out there.  While they will be publishing the information about specific book clubs, they are also trying to craft an overall picture of what the book club landscape is like these days.

I think Thanksgiving Eve is the perfect time to post this and encourage you all to participate by sharing the details of your groups because I know that book clubs are one of the things I am most thankful for in my professional life. Being in a book club and working with other book club leaders is one of the most rewarding things I get to do. It is the one place where everything I love about working with leisure readers all comes together. I am sure I am not alone in feeling this way.

Please consider participating. You can brag about your awesome group, but more importantly, you can help to add to the data set so that all of us can learn from each other.

Thanks and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. RA for All will be back on Friday with three new reviews, including a forthcoming title I LOVED that I think will be a huge library hit come January.

Whether your book group meets in a library, a living room, or a bibliophiles’ secret lair, we want to read all about it. To be considered for a featured profile on The Booklist Reader, just answer the questions below and send them, along with your answers and a picture of your book group, to Keir Graff (kgraff@ala.org).
Book Group Hands
Book Group Q&A
Tell us a little about your book group in 200 words or less. How and when did it start? What is the tone or vibe of the group? Is there a theme? What makes your group different from others?

When, where, and how often do you meet?

How does your group make its reading selections? Include any resources you use, such as websites or periodicals.

Which book did your group collectively like the most this past year?

Which is the most divisive book your group has read, and why?

How do your group discussions work? Is there one leader or do you have another way of discussing?

What is your group most looking forward to reading this next year?

What is the best piece of advice you’d give a group that is just getting started?

Are you looking for new members? If so, leave your contact info for those interested.

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