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Join us at the Nova Scotia Provincial Library on January 16th for an
audio conference on "How to Start and Run a Book Discussion Group"
with Lauren John, a writer, librarian, and book group leader.  Book
discussion groups are a cost effective way to promote library services
and create a community of interested readers. They also can be the most
fun part of your job. However, there are some challenges that are unique
to holding book talks in a public setting. For one thing, you don't get
to choose who is in your group - you have to include whoever shows up.
What's more, like many librarians, you are most likely already crunched
for time. Given that you must spend hours actually reading the book
before you plan the program and publicity, you can be looking at a large
time commitment. This session offers you some time-saving tips and an
organized approach to running book discussion groups, whether you are
starting from scratch or looking for new ideas for the group you already
have.

The Benefits
The goal is to provide some templates and describe ready-made resources
that can make leading book discussions one of the most enjoyable parts
of your job. You'll receive shortcuts for developing discussion
questions, ideas for soliciting help from authors and bookstores, and a
list of the best and fastest resources for book selection. You'll also
learn what to do about that person in your group who talks too much -
and the one who talks too little - and learn about icebreakers for
general discussion.

Who Should Participate?
This class is geared towards librarians and other book group leaders
who are running (or plan to run) a book discussion group in a public
library or community center at which all readers are welcome.

Key Topics You Will Explore
Recruiting Members
Choosing the Right Books
Planning When and Where to Meet
Generating Publicity
Planning Author Events
Planning Community Wide Reading Programs
Group Dynamics
Gaining community support and creating partnerships

Lauren John
Lauren John is a writer, librarian, and book group leader who has
worked in both public and private libraries. She works as a solo
librarian at San Francisco's Town and Country Club Library, where she
helps to organize and lead literary discussion programs. Her book
reviews have appeared in Library Journal and Publishers Weekly and her
commentaries on book groups have been heard on national Public Radio
PBS. Ms. John holds degrees in library science and journalism.
Developed for the Education Institute by the Ontario Library
Association Continuing Education Committee and the OLAStore.
SESSION DETAILS:
Time: Monday, January 16th, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Place: Conference Room, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, 3770 Kempt
Road, Halifax
Format: One hour audio conference
This session is free; parking is available in front of the building.

Please respond to Carol Morris at [log in to unmask] or by phone at
424-2477 if you would like to attend this session.

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