Book Club in a Bag Program
to you by participating libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System
Discussion Leader Tips
- Prepare ahead of time,
read the book, biographical information about the author and book reviews.
Prepare questions ahead of time or use the questions included with your Book
Club in a Bag.
- Have a comfortable
- Begin by introducing
yourself and, if people are not all familiar with each other, have them go
around and introduce themselves.
- Think of yourself as
a facilitator. Try to begin with a provocative question and step back. Avoid
closed-ended questions like " Did you like the book?"
- Your job as a leader
is to maintain the focus and keep the discussion moving.
- Be a good listener and
observer. Listen for quiet members and try to draw them into the discussion.
Watch for someone anxious to get into the conversation and help them to find
a gap in the conversation.
- Respect everyone's opinion.
Not everyone will like the book. When there are differing views encourage
discussion about the reasons for liking or disliking a book. Let it be known
that the group is non-judgmental and everyone's opinion is valued. Often the
best discussions happen when there is less agreement.
- Don't use the discussion
questions as if it were an exam. Rather use them as conversation starters.
- Choose a favorite passage
or two from the book. Reading aloud can bring a new perspective to the passage.
- Don't worry too much
about short silent periods, but be prepared with your own notes to get the
discussion started again.
- Be sure to end on time,
summarize points made during the session and thank everyone for their participation.
(all are available from the Mid-Hudson
Library System Catalog):
- Good Books Lately: the One-Stop
Resource for Book Groups and Other Greedy Readers by Ellen Moore and Kira
- The Reader's Choice: 200 Book
Club Favorites by Victoria Golden McMains
- What to Read: The Essential Guide
for Reading Group Members and Other Book Lovers by Mickey Pearlman
- A Year of Reading: a Month-by-Month
Guide to Classics and Crowd-Pleasers for You and Your Book Group by H. Elisabeth
- The Reading Group Book: the Complete
Guide to Starting and Sustaining a Reading Group by David Laskin
- The Reading Group Handbook: Everything
You Need to Know About How to Start Your Book Club by Rachel W. Jacobsohn
- The New York Public Library Guide
to Reading Groups by Rollene Saal
- The Mother-Daughter Book Club
by Shireen Dodson
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