All five locations of the Beaufort County Public Library System now have a separate "Book Club Corner" section, filled with books read by the book clubs in each community. Both book club members and the general public would be able to check out these items for their reading pleasure.
While we cannot meet the full demand for copies of these books, we want to know what is being read by the book clubs and have at least one copy of these titles in our collection. To help us maintain our "Book Club Corner" collections, we are asking book club participants to donate their clean, unmarked copies (even paperbacks) to the library for this collection.
We consider book clubs to be a positive way to encourage reading, literature and discussion. Library patrons often ask our staff about book clubs and reading lists.
encourage the members of the book clubs to contact us
directly, with information about your groups, the books
you are reading, and donations of books to the "Book
Club Corner." Also, please let us know if you would
like to post your group meeting schedule and book selections
on our Book Discussion Groups:
Public Welcome Web page. Contact the your nearest
African American Literature Book Club (http://aalbc.com/) The goal of AALBC is to "increase everyone's knowledge of the diversity of African American literature" with resources on discussion groups, authors, books, events, reviews, writers' resources, and "fun stuff."
Book Club How-Tos (http://www.pcl.lib.wa.us/BG_WCB_howtos.htm) Ideas from the Washington Center for the Book (Seattle Public Library) for setting up a successful book discussion group (posted by the Pierce County, WA, Library System).
some help for your next book group meeting? These Web
sites from the Morton Grove (IL) Public Library offer
discussion questions and reading guides.
@ Random's Reading Group Guides
BooksandAuthors.net (http://www.booksandauthors.net/) "Extending Your Literary Experience, " the site posts author interviews, literary news, various book club information, book reviews, contests, links to authors' Web sites, and other literary links.
Oprah's Book Club (http://www.oprah.com) "The book club is back and I am on a mission," said Oprah Winfrey on the Web site. "My mission is to make this the biggest book club in the world and get people reading again. Not just reading, but reading great books!"
Rachel's Compendium of Online Book Discussions, et al. (http://www.his.com/~allegria/clubs.html) is a guide to Internet clubs by category: Web-based groups, Web-enhanced groups, as well as e-mail and chat clubs.
Readerville (http://www.readerville.com/) An online book club a readers' resource, Readerville provides a Forum section for readers, writers and "anyone else who loves books to have thoughtful and engaging discussions about everything from favorite books ... to literary news." Go to the Events section for discussions by authors and publishing experts, and find special discussion groups on young adult literature, new books, and biographies.
Reading Group Guides.com (http://www.readinggroupguides.com/), from The Book Report Network. A source for publisher's reading guides by category, title, and author name -- plus advice, interviews, recipes, a newsletter, and online community for readers and book clubs.
Reading Woman: Books We Have Read and Loved (http://www.readingwoman.com/) From the newsletter "Reading Woman" come lists of "great reads" for book groups, with summaries and book excerpts to get reading and discussion started. Topics include science fiction by women, short stories, and writers of the Harlem Renaissance.