What else can you provide besides questions?

I was so pleased to see Kaite talk about Bloodroot last week – because it’s the book my group is set to discuss next week. (I felt we were so ahead of the curve!)

It brings up a question though – what else can you provide to your group beyond the typical discussion questions?  When the current group I’m in first formed, they were thrilled to find out I was a librarian, because I could look things up for them all about the book.  Now, for most books, that means the author’s page, the discussion questions if available (or generic ones if not), and maybe an interview or a review.
In the case of Bloodroot, I sent the group all of that typical stuff, and a few more things.  Here’s the rest of the list:

Curious to know what bloodroot looks like?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodroot

Info on Appalachia can be found here: http://www.arc.gov/appalachian_region/TheAppalachianRegion.asp (it’s a little dry)

For a look at modern life in Appalachia, 20/20 did a report last year:
http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=6845770&page=1

I think that you could really have a good time compiling a list of informative links for your group, particularly if the subject matter lends itself to  learning something “new”.  The best part – if you send them along as an email, or provide it as a handout, people can feel free to peruse the links at their leisure – or not.  No one has to feel forced into an “assignment”, but those who want to learn more will be grateful that you found the information for them.

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Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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