She talked to library workers from across the area and used her own experiences to create a resource that is more about how to cultivate the group itself rather than focusing on the selection and discussion nuts and bolts-- information that is sorely needed.
I hear from book group facilitators, constantly, about how hard it is to manage and shape their groups in general. It is one of the reasons I spend so much more time in my book discussion presentations talking about "group dynamics," over leading the discussion itself.
It is also one of the reasons we have shaped the ARRT Book Club Study as both a chance to for book club leaders to participate in a discussion AND make sure we have time to all discuss leadership challenges with each other; it's a support group for book discussion leaders. Speaking of the ARRT Book Club Study, thanks to Bies for the shout out to the group ing her piece.
Below is the start of the article with a link to read it for free. Also, pass it on to your colleagues who lead book clubs.