Book discussion groups build community. They offer opportunity for intelligent conversation and lead to deeper understanding of an author's work. Members form life-long friendships. Get your group started now!
Great Resources to Get Started
- American Library Association Professional Tips. Book Discussion Groups
- BookBrowse Getting started, moderating meetings, difficult meetings, choosing books and more
- Booklist Reader group tips, reading lists, & lively talk of literary news from the experts at Booklist Online
- Book Group How-Tos from the Seattle Public Library guide to leading, coming up with good discussion questions, drawing conclusions and more
- LitLovers.com Book Club Ideas-Recommendations-1500 LitLovers' Book Discussion Guides-Book Reviews
- Random House Reader's Circle where readers can chat with fellow book lovers, find authors on tour, find book disucssion questions, and more
- Reading.Group.Guides.com Starting, running and choosing books for a reading group
- ReadingGroupChoices.com Tips on getting started and making your group more lively
- Movie Tie-in Books Hollywood has a long history of drawing on great books for films; coupling books with their films makes for lively discussions
And Keep it Going....
- Dempsy, Beth. "The Evolving Book Group: New Formats Mean More Engagement," Library Journal, September 1, 2011.
- Hollands, Neil. "Is Your Book Group Stuck in a One-Book Rut?" Booklist Reader, January 15, 2015.
- Lundquist, Molly. "How to Lead a Book Group Discussion - 7 Great Discussion Tips," Articlesbase.com July 14, 2009.
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Finding Book Sets in Iowa for Your Discussion Group
Libraries across Iowa make sets of individual book titles available to Iowa book clubs and discussion groups through lending from library to library.
- Then contact your local library to arrange access to a set of books for your group.
More Advanced Discussion Planning Tools
- One Book-One Community: Planning Your Community-Wide Read. A 44-page guide prepared by the Public Programs Office of the America Library Association.
- How to Start a Great Books Discussion Group. Founded in 1947, the Great Books Foundation promotes the text-based Socratic method of learning. This discussion 27-page guide can be adapted to starting and leading any group.
- The Library of Congress Center for the Book List of One Book Projects by State and Country.
- Books in Common, an independent clearinghouse supporting Community Reads, All Campus Reads, Freshman Class Reading Programs, literary festivals, and writers workshops through providing fee and schedule information, securing venues at significant discounts (often thousands of dollars), as well as promoting the event once scheduled and providing free promotional materials.
Skype Chats with Authors
Book Clubs and Blogs
Just for Fun
Go to YouTube and search for "The Book Club."