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Good Books for Book Groups: Andy Weir’s The Martian

Good Books for Book Groups: Andy Weir’s The Martian

Last month, the LIT book group read The Martian by Andy Weir. We’d had it on the shortlist for quite a while but decided that February offered perfect timing, with the Barrington Area Library celebrating Barrington Creates, a community-wide initiative that encourages everyone channel their inner maker. Things don’t get much more creative than they do in The Martian. A sandstorm on […]

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Get to Know the Mighty Monday Book Club
By February 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Get to Know the Mighty Monday Book Club

The Might Monday Book Club reads equal parts fiction and nonfiction. Using an interdisciplinary approach, they often incorporate outside research, sometimes even music into their discussions. One of their members, Katharine Phenix recommends going to any lengths to ensure everyone has a chance to speak—”use a ‘talking stick’ if you have to”—and reminds of the […]

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Get to Know the Thomas Ford Memorial Library Book Group
By December 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Get to Know the Thomas Ford Memorial Library Book Group

Meet the Thomas Ford Memorial Library Book Group—they call themselves the “Book Discussion Group” so they can save time and get right to discussing. This group enjoys mainly literary fiction and nonfiction. Their librarian leader, Nancy Long, shares a number of great resources for choosing books in the Q&A below.   Years of Operation: 17 […]

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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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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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A Matter of Opinion

A Matter of Opinion

Today I attended a workshop on project management facilitation skills. The instructor talked at length about what makes a good facilitator–good listening, neutrality, open-ended questions and an emphasis on supporting processes as opposed to outcomes. While there wasn’t enough time to delve into how this pertained to certain aspects of our work as librarians, book […]

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Book Group Therapy

Book Group Therapy

Many of us hope every week that our book groups will not turn into the above. As facilitators, we want to concentrate on the book. We’re careful about what we select for the group to read. We want the title to resonate with the readers, invite thoughtful conversation, and encourage shared experiences. We’re always happy […]

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Adventures in Reading
By November 10, 2009 3 Comments Read More →

Adventures in Reading

I facilitate three book groups, but I’m also a facilitator for hire, except I don’t charge for it. Occasionally I’m participating in as many as six or seven book groups in a month. The groups are all different, but they share some similarities. They are all made up of women, they want to read a […]

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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere
By January 24, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

Much as we like to gather with our book groups, every once in a while we book group leaders like to convene without you, dear reader.  We need to. We need to hear what our fellow facilitators are up to and the idea sharing is invaluable. Recently I journeyed to one of the far flung branches […]

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