Author Archive: Sue Dittmar

Sue Dittmar is a Sunday Librarian and active member of the RAteam in the St. Charles City-County Library District (MO).

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Give Your Book Group Birdsong, a Timeless Tale from WWI
By February 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Give Your Book Group Birdsong, a Timeless Tale from WWI

At the reference desk last week I was approached by a patron who said her book club was tired of reading World War II books and could I find something about World War I? Without hesitation I recommended Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks. She was surprised I had one to suggest so fast but I told […]

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The Secret to Planning Your Book-Group Calendar – Revealed!
By October 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

The Secret to Planning Your Book-Group Calendar – Revealed!

In my last post I talked about the resources I use when looking for potential book-group selections. That part of the process can be tricky enough, but so can the next step—putting the selections on the calendar. Sometimes the book itself makes it easy if, say, the book mentions a holiday or deals heavily with […]

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Where Do You Look? Finding the Perfect Book-Group Read
By September 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Where Do You Look? Finding the Perfect Book-Group Read

I love this time of the year. While teachers and kids everywhere are getting ready for school, I am starting the selection process for next year’s book group. It may seem strange, but I love reading the endless catalogs, emails, and publisher advertisements in order to find that one book that will give my group the […]

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Unmasking the Phantom of the Book Group

Unmasking the Phantom of the Book Group

There’s a mystery afflicting several of my book groups, and many book-discussion leaders I talk with have the same problem. Might you have it too? We’re haunted by book-group phantoms—mysterious guests who sign up for our book groups, check out the book, and evaporate into thin air. We never end up seeing them! Stranger still, no […]

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Getting Them While They’re Young: A Book Group for Tweens

Getting Them While They’re Young: A Book Group for Tweens

Book clubs are a familiar sight for adults. They are gatherings, maybe of friends or colleagues, with frank discussions about a book and its meaning. But we shouldn’t limit that wonderful sense of belonging to just adults. What about a book group for tweens? I wasn’t sure if such a group existed until I did some […]

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An Overlooked Gem for Your Next Book Group Read: Amanda Hodgkinson’s 22 Britannia Road
By February 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

An Overlooked Gem for Your Next Book Group Read: Amanda Hodgkinson’s 22 Britannia Road

When I am putting together a list for one of my book clubs, I always like to include an overlooked gem. This is usually a book that has not received a lot of publicity or media attention, but is still rich and engaging. One year, I was lucky to come across an ad for an author […]

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I’m an Old-Fashioned Book-Group Leader — and Proud of It!
By January 15, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

I’m an Old-Fashioned Book-Group Leader — and Proud of It!

I have been given a label over my sixteen years as a book-group discussion leader: old-fashioned. I have also been told that my group will never succeed if I continue to lead in that manner. I have been told my group will become bored and membership will dwindle—that I will be out of a job faster […]

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Time-Management Tips for Book-Group Discussion Leaders
By November 20, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Time-Management Tips for Book-Group Discussion Leaders

I’ve been involved with book groups since 1999. Some of them have been connected to bookstores or libraries, while others have been individuals meeting in one another’s homes. I’ve started a few from the ground up and taken over others when the previous leader decided the responsibility was too much. Being a discussion leader takes up a […]

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What Makes a Book Worth Talking About? A Veteran Book-Group Leader Weighs In
By November 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

What Makes a Book Worth Talking About? A Veteran Book-Group Leader Weighs In

I have been a discussion leader since 1999 and the question I am most often asked is, “What exactly makes a book a good book-discussion pick?” The first thing I say back is that most publishers aren’t correct in their estimation of what is a discussable book. I have lead as many as five different groups […]

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