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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ARRT Literary Book Discussion and Leadership Training: The Sisters Brothers Notes and Announcement of the Next Meeting

While I was beginning vacation, my wonderful ARRT Literary Book Discussion and Leadership Training team were busy working. So thanks to Elizabeth, Stacey, and Karen for doing such a great job.

You can always see what we are doing and access the past notes on our devoted page to the book discussions, but below, I have the direct links for the previous discussion and all of the details including the notes access for everyone to use and learn from.


On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Stacey Peterson led a discussion of The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt at the Batavia Public Library:

Click here to access the notes on the discussion of the book.
As always, discussion of the book includes a nuts-and-bolts session devoted to sharing practical solutions to the problems and concerns of book discussion leaders.


The Leadership Training Discussion, led by Elizabeth Hopkins, will offer participants a chance to share their favorite under the radar book discussion gems.  Please come ready to book talk a title or two that worked really well with your group. Try to focus on less obvious choices.  We will turn the notes into a Library Aware bibliography that everyone can share with their book groups.  Also, feel free to bring questions about specific titles you might want to try but aren't sure about to see if anyone has tried them already.


Click here to access the notes on the leadership topic which includes a list of 26 [!], proven winner, "under the radar" titles you can use for your book discussion groups!

And announcing our last discussion of the year.....

Please join us for a discussion of Everything I Never Told by by Celeste Ng led by Greta Ulrich.

Summary:
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing,Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another


Awards



The group will be meeting:
Date: September 27, 2016
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Niles Public Library

Please arrange to obtain a copy of the book for your own use.

RSVP to Greta Ulrich [Details here]

As always, discussion of the book includes a nuts-and-bolts session devoted to sharing practical solutions to the problems and concerns of book discussion leaders.


The Leadership Training Discussion, led by Becky Spratford will directly address the We Need Diverse Books movement and how and why we should make sure the books we are offering our groups represent diverse voices. Please come prepared to share some titles and discussion experiences.


If you are interested in learning more about this topic ahead of time, Becky compiled the notes from the March 2016 RUSA CODES conversation on diversity here.

PLEASE NOTE: while the notes after the fact are free to all, you must be an ARRT member to attend the discussion.

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