PLA bound? Sessions for book group leaders and readers

I’m hoping to see/meet many of Book Group Buzz’s readers in Philadelphia. I’ll be at these sessions furiously scribbling down the titles I think book group members will be clamoring for later this year and well into next. Look for the woman sitting against the wall with the MacAir covered in band stickers at these programs:

Top 5 of Another 5. It’s the genre gang at it again for the sequel to their one-night-only engagement in Portland, OR at the last PLA. I’m going to be looking for some new historical novels, science fiction, and literary novels.

Start a Social Network Book Club. The Salt Lake County Library folks are using their Goodreads page in creative ways. Someone go for me. I have to be somewhere else. Will swap notes.

Starting a Foreign Language  Book Discussion Group in Your Community. An outreach program from King County Library System (last year’s Library of the Year) targeting the Chinese speakers in their community. I’m going to see how I can adapt this program for Kansas City, MO.

Read/Watch/Discuss: Book and Film Programs in the Library. I’m presenting at this one with Alan Jacobson, film guru at Oak Park (IL) Public Library. I’ll be taking notes on the audience contributions for good book and film pairings.

Trends in Genre Series. I’m hoping to duck my head into this session. Book groups like to read in genres and series just to change things up. Our pal Becky over at RA For All is one of the panelists.

Good Reading You May Have Missed. I’ll be presenting some under-the-radar reads for book groups at this session and taking notes on the other genres.

Books for Dessert: A Book Club for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This session sounds fascinating. I want to hear how the library staff at Port Washington, NY and the Books for Dessert Advisory Council are doing this.

Flag me down if you see me. We can’t all be everywhere at a great conference like PLA, so I’d love to share and compare notes with other attendees.

See you in the City of Reading Love!




About the Author:

Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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