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How to Start a Neighborhood Book Club

Posted By: Best Brains Aug-03, 2016

How to Start a Neighborhood Book Club

Thinking to start a book club? Then just follow these basic steps to good books, good talks, and good eats. I am little excited about today’s post. This is because, I have been a part of  a book club for a year now, but my group has actually met even longer than that.  I can say that it’s pretty much the best, and instead of fizzling for years for too many book clubs, you can have your own which can be better than in years coming.

To make your book club interesting, first, make sure that you have truly remarkable people you are more interested in books. Part of the success of our book club is due to the fact that it was filled with smart, curious and yet interesting people who happen to love books and talk about them. There are some of my closest friends, but I have to say that I think part of the group’s success is also due to some simple tips that helped us to sustain a large book club. Let us learn about the tips which will help you to make a better book club and yet, how to even make it thrive.

What kind of book club?

First, decide what kind of book club you want to start and on a club orientation part also: Whether it will somewhere between social or academic; once you make this decision at the outset, you'll know who to invite and what books to read.

What kind of books?

Every book gives us some sort of information we will be looking out for. But the most important thing while starting a book club is to think about the books you enjoy—in terms of genre and level of difficulty; then consider a mix of genres. Next, diverge your reading by moving between more challenging works and those on the lighter side.

  • Fiction—general, current or classic, historical, mystery, sci-fi, western, romance.
  • Non-fiction—memoir, biography, history, current events, science, travel, cooking.
  • Others— like poetry, drama, or what makes you interest to read.

What about members?

Number— It’s not that important that you have big numbers in the initial stage only, but having a decent number will make you happy. So try to have at least 8 to 16 members and once you grow popular in your circle, you will have to grab more numbers. If you have above five then it’s enough to start a discussion on any topic.

Word to the astute: Have people with similar reading styles; s this will help your group to enjoy reading and sharing ideas.

Invite friends—this helps you to involve your friends and introduce them to other devoted readers; ask each of them to invite 1 or more. It's not important for everyone to know one another and in fact, it's fun if you don't. After you meet a couple of times, you can grow the club at your own pace.

Online— as this is new to your area and you don't know people; you can slowly share your Book Clubs to other groups through Meetup.com.

How often and when you should meet?

This is again an important thing to do, pick a schedule and stick with it. This can be once in a month or as your members wish to meet.

How Often & when will depend on the books you choose, and the time can be anytime depending on your club members availability. Try avoiding meeting at nights due to driving issues and safety concerns.

Where should we meet?

You can meet in Homes, public libraries, churches, cafes and restaurants. All make good meeting places.

What about food?

You have to ask your members and decide if you want to eat at home or out in restaurants? If at home, do you want full meals or something lighter with cheese, dessert & coffee?

Home Meetings— we can see some clubs hosts do all the cooking, and the members don't have to prepare a dish every time the meeting rolls out. You can follow this or as other club do you can ask other members to share the cooking and bring some dish.

Book Club Recipes— which means, many clubs love to match their food with the book there are reading; for example if you are reading about Italy they you may try having Italian food, this is one way fun and you will have knowledge about their traditions and taste also.

What should we call ourselves?

Give your club a Name — Cal your club with a great name which makes the identity; here are some best names; Brookville Book Babes, Red Hat Readers, New York Literary Lions. Or simply name with your street name or city name, even that works.

How do we keep in touch?

Set out monthly meetings and send the reminders via email, Twitter, or Facebook. Start your own blog sites or use Facebook or Pinterest to connect your members and highlight their book selections.

Keeping Recollections

Maintain a club journal, a scrapbook or a 3-ring binder which will help you to track your book selections, discussion highlights, and members' opinions. This will especially helpful to bring new members up to speed. Share your photos of special events and gatherings.

Community Sharing

Start collecting dues for a scholarship program or to help an annual literacy at local schools. You can also purchase books for your local libraries or schools, and even become members to help tutoring programs. Through community involvement you not only make your book club popular or recognized but also help your own community.