Can you think of a few friends who like to read good books? If the answer is “yes,” then you already have all you need to start your own book discussion group! Here are a few questions & answers to help you get started:
- How big should your book group be? Decide this first because it will make a difference where your group will meet! Usually, it is easiest to coordinate groups of 3-5 people, plus discussions tend to be more informal and less intimidating than larger groups.
- Where would your group meet? Some groups meet at each other’s homes, while others meet at their local church, school, or public library. MCPL has meeting rooms that you may schedule for this purpose.
- How often will you group meet? Most often, book discussion groups meet once a month, but this can vary based on the preferences of the members. Some groups will not meet during the winter months, while others do not meet during the summer.
- What will we read? There are so many choices! You can suggest books to read for the next meeting or set your schedule for book discussions for months in advance. Library staff can help you create a short list of books in your preferred genre for this purpose.
- How do we start? Set an organizational meeting date. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and others who share the same passion for books as you do.
- What if no one talks? Start with just the basic questions about the books. Did you like the book? Have you read others by this author? To keep things “fresh,” rotate the facilitator for each meeting.
- Where can I get multiple copies of a book? MCPL owns over 75 book discussion kits! We make things easy with five or more books per kit, plus discussion questions. Some of our kits also provide audiobooks! You may borrow kits for up to 8 weeks. If the Library does not own a kit for your chosen title, we can help you coordinate requests for multiple items; just ask!
- How can we help the Library? Most of our book discussion kits start with donated books. You can add additional copies to the kits you borrow, or you may simply donate books at the front desk of any MCPL location!
For more information about our Book Discussion Kits, call (715) 261-7200 or contact us via email. The complete listing of kits is linked at www.mcpl.us/bookclubs, or if you’d like to attend one of our regularly-scheduled book discussions, visit www.mcpl.us/bookclubs or contact us for the schedule.
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Autumn 2010)