National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association. Its aim is to foster the values reading groups encourage: camaraderie, enjoyment of shared reading, and appreciation of literature and reading as conduits for transmitting culture and advancing civic engagement.
The St. Charles Public Library offers a variety of resources to support local book groups, as well as offering two discussions each month that all members of the public are invited to attend.
Joining/Starting a Book Discussion
Often local book groups are found simply by word of mouth, so ask your friends and neighbors if they are aware of any groups that are open to new members. Two local groups that always are open to drop-ins are:
Two great resources for starting your own Book Discussion:
Choosing Titles & Leading Book Discussions
Reader Services staff are happy to work with you in choosing titles, finding author background information, and formulating discussion questions. Please contact us or stop by the Reader Services Desk.
A Year of Reading: A Month-by-Month Guide to Classics and Crowd-Pleasers for You and Your Book Group
Elisabeth Ellington & Jane Freimiller
The Readers' Choice: 200 Book Club Favorites
Victoria Golden McMains
Read It and Eat: A Month-by-Month Guide to Scintillating Book Club Selections and Mouthwatering Menus
The Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Book Club
Rachel W. Jacobsohn
The New York Public Library Guide to Reading Groups
Many more resources are available in the Reader Services Reference collection, including:
Good Books Lately: The One-Stop Resource for Book Groups and Other Greedy Readers
Ellen Moore and Kira Stevens.
Reading Group Choices 2011: Selections for Lively Book Discussions (published yearly)
Online list of discussable titles (chosen by Readers Services at the SCPL)
A Few Titles Featuring Book Groups, Reading, etc..
You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr
The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal by Sean Dixon
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
No Rest for the Wicked: A Jane Serrano Mystery* by Elizabeth C. Main
The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe
They Did It With Love by Kate Morgenroth
The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love* by Beth Pattillo
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Becca by the Book by Laura Jensen Walker
Big Girls Do Cry by Carl Weber
Summer Reading by Hilma Wolitzer
Book Sense Best Books: 125 Favorite Books Recommended by Independent Booksellers compiled by Book Sense 011.73 BOO
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch 028.8 SAN
The Polysyllabic Spree by by Nick Hornby 028.9 HOR
Book Savvy by Cynthia Lee Katona 028.9 KAT
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma 028.9 OZM
*part of a series