National Reading Group Month – Find a Group for You!

Posted on October 7, 2011. Filed under: Information | Tags: , , , |

The month of October is National Reading Group Month. Let’s celebrate the joy of shared reading! This is a month for book clubs to reflect on what they’ve accomplished and plan for the future. Not in a book club? Here’s some helpful hints on how to find a reading group to join.

Finding a Book Club

Do you love discussing books with people? If so, you should consider joining a book club. Here are a few places to search to find a book club near you.

  • Look for a local book club at Meetup. Simply search “book club” near your hometown. If you are unfamiliar with Meetup, check out this video for an explanation.
  • Ask at your local public library if they host a book club. Many libraries also advertise their book clubs in either their website or newsletter.
  • Ask your friends if they have a book club you can join. Book clubs are very popular right now. You may be surprised how many of your friends participate in them.
  • Many social organizations, such as churches, host a book club.
  • Many colleges throughout the country participate in the One Book, One College program. Check to see if the college you attend is a participant.

Virtual Book Clubs

Too busy to go out and join a book club? Try joining a virtual book club. Virtual book clubs discuss books electronically. Here are a few places to look for a virtual book club to join.

  • Many virtual bookshelf sites have book clubs. Here are some examples at Shelfari and GoodReads.
  • Barnes & Noble Book Clubs: B&N actually has a page with thousands of virtual book clubs available for people to join. Some of these book discussions even include the author!
  • If you read e-books, check out Copia. It allows you to share marked pages, notes, and highlighted text with your friends.
  • Some public libraries host a virtual book club. Check your local library to find out if your library provides this service.
  • Many people are now discussing books on Facebook. One way to do this is join a book group. Another way is to use the message option in Facebook. You can form a book club with your friends, and send messages to your group to discuss the book electronically. Or, you can simply post something on your wall! In addition, many virtual bookshelves let you share what you are reading with your Facebook friends.

Starting a Book Club

Interested in setting up your own book club? Check our our previous post on Starting a Book Club.

-posted by Gretchen Schneider

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One Response to “National Reading Group Month – Find a Group for You!”

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Really nice blog posting for Book Clubs, Gretchen. I like using Meetup to find interest groups. I had never heard of Copia. ‘Will share that with my staff at the public library where I work. In the next few months, I’ll be posting book reviews on the public library’s website, along with the Readers’ Advisory staff! First up on my pile is Sarah Henry’s book “Learning To Swim”. She will be releasing the sequel next yr, I read.

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