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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Valley Readers

Jean is toying with the idea of starting a book club. There is at least one book club in the area but it is fully subscribed with 12 members.

Book clubs tend to follow a common format of meeting each month and discussing a single scheduled book that has been chosen by a participants at the previous meeting. Many libraries support book clubs by acquiring multiple copies of the book in advance. In return they ask the club to donate at least one or more batches of books during the year.

The advantage of this format is that it encourages the club members to read more widely and exposes them to different genres. This can be both fun and challenging. Especially challenging if confronted with a tome of epic proportions that is not to your liking.

Hence Jean's concept change for the proposed club.

Recently while visiting a friend she found the friend engrossed in a book and taking copious notes. After some enquiry Jean obtained a copy from the local library and is now also engrossed in its contents.

So why not a reading club where the participants bring along a book they have recently read and take a few minutes to describe its contents. An opportunity to hear about different books, examine the book and share some community time.

Does anyone out there attend a book club? Any other suggestions?

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