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A lot of work goes into putting together a successful booktalk program — from developing a theme, to paying attention to book trends, to ensuring you're providing diverse options for all readers. The last thing you might want to do is add any extra work, but a few finishing touches will go a long way.
Here are a few ways you can create a memorable program while further immersing your adult patrons into their love of books.
Looking to try something new with your library's book clubs (or your personal one)? Maybe something with a dose of celebrity? Announcing Book Club Central — and its first honorary chair, actress and book lover Sarah Jessica Parker.
ALA's Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for underserved teens featuring books under the theme “Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide.” The project is supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Every other week, Lucia Pieri writes poetry and discusses American literature with about 10 other immigrants at the Rochester (Mich.) Hills Public Library. For Pieri, the Newcomer’s Book Club not only builds friendships and perfects her English; it’s an intellectual opportunity that benefits women.
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has announced a new round of the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Webinar topics will include grant benefits, the application process, tips on establishing an outreach partnership and strategies for getting letters of support. Prior GSC applicants will also share their experiences with the project, including roles and responsibilities, the impact of GSC on their patrons and tips for successful programming.