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The 5 Important Steps to Take When Starting a Book Club

Reading groups and book clubs are excellent platforms to get together with other like-minded individuals and discuss books that you’ve all agreed to read. They can be rewarding and also comforting.

If you have thought about starting up your own book club, whether it be an online book club that caters to a wide range of people or a local book club that is primarily just for your community, here are the five most important steps you should take.

1. Get a Website

Regardless of how far away people are going to be, you want your book club members to have access to information at any given time. It doesn’t need to be anything over the top but you should at least have a page where they can e-mail you to sign up, check out the current book selections and review past selections. Other “extras” that you may want to consider for your website include: a chat room, a message board and a guest book for comments.

2. Write a Press Release

Press releases are the best way to spread the word around about your book club locally. The press release should contain information on the book club, how often you plan to meet with your members, whether it will be held out of people’s homes or in external locations and what type of books you plan on your group reading. As for where to send it, you can easily find media contacts by running a search on Google.

3. Contact Your Local Library

The library is a great resource for people in your community so make sure you reach out to that medium! Post a flyer for your book club if they have a community bulletin and ask about possibly holding your meetings there. Sometimes, if the library does not currently have a book club, they may even suggest recommending it to many of the library patrons as an added service that the library now has!

4. Contact Your Local Book Stores

As with the library, be sure to post flyers up in your local book stores. This is where your target audience goes to purchase books and they will be keen on contacting you if a book club is something that they wish to participate in! Another tip when contacting book stores: ask if they could provide your book group with a discount for the first three selections. You’d be surprised how many people would say yes!

5. Get Organized!

Now that you’ve put yourself out there to accept new members, get organized! Get a binder, fill it with dividers and set yourself up so there is no room for failure! Set up meeting schedules with times and locations and create a book list for your book club members to select from for the first voting period. Decide how often you’ll meet, how many books you’ll select in advance and all of those other items that your members will have questions about.

6 (as a bonus!). Have Fun!

Managing a book club can be stressful at times but it’s rewarding so have fun with it! Plan interactive excursions for your book club members that will hold their interest and make sure to keep in contact with them often, the last thing your members want is a lack of enthusiasm!

The Educational Benefits of the Public Library

As you’re probably aware, the Internet is a huge source of information. More and more items are being posted on the Internet every day for anyone to access. That means that people are starting to neglect some of the traditional methods of research, like visiting the public library. That’s a real shame, since there are so many benefits to having a library in town.

One thing that’s great about the public library is that you can find books there that are out of print. In fact, there can be books in some libraries that are incredibly old. Those are usually housed in a special area where people can go in and look at the book, but not remove it from the library. The information contained in such books is usually not on the Internet.

Another great thing about the public library is that it will usually hold events, like story hours for kids or adult reading classes. So, if you know a child or an adult who would benefit from such workshops, visit your local library or call them for a schedule of events.

Taking your children to the library is also a great way to teach them about information stored in other ways, such as old newspaper clippings, projector slides and microfiche. So, if you want to spend a fun and educational day, help your kids get to know your library. It’s sure to be an eye-opening experience for everyone involved. Also, remember to support your local library by donating books that you no longer need.