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Tressa J.
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Whitney S.
Youth Services Librarian
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Siri H.
Youth Services Librarian

On any given week, somewhere in the Library, there is a book discussion taking place. There are many benefits to participating in book groups, from enriching your community at home to expanding your understanding of the human experience. Curious about how it works? Here are the basics.

Book Groups are led by a Library facilitator who, with input from the members, pick great titles and make sure copies are available to borrow. Several of our groups read books available from the Library’s Book Group Collection. Kits include 15 copies of select titles that can be borrowed for six weeks.

Your facilitators will coordinate meetings and prepare questions to inspire a lively conversation about the book. Facilitators often provide a brief introduction to the book before the group begins exploring themes and reactions to the book. Keep in mind, it’s not about liking or disliking the book. It’s all about the discussion that comes from it. Worried about not being able to finish — or even start! — the book? We all run short on time occasionally, so it’s fine to have not read the book … but be prepared for spoilers!

Many of the members in our book groups have been meeting for years, fostering a strong sense of community. However, new members add an exciting diversity of thought and perspective. Expect to be welcomed and encouraged to participate. If being ”the new guy” feels intimidating, consider bringing a friend. There are many book groups at the Library, so try a few out to find the right fit for you.

Have questions about coming to a book group? We encourage you to chat with our facilitators to learn more.

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