North Coast Neighbors Share a Book

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Sharing our thoughts on Fahrenheit 451 is what this program is all about, and one of the best vehicles for sparking dialogue is through an organized book discussion. The resources below can help you organize discussions in your neighborhood, workplace, community center, or with your family and friends.


Resources for Book Discussion Groups

Ten Tips for Starting & Running a Successful Book Club
http://www.bookmuse.com/pages/common/additional_sections/starting.asp
Rachel Jacobsohn, author of The Reading Group Handbook, offers start-up ideas for new groups.

Book Club FAQs
http://www.bookbay.com/bookfaq.htm
A one-page outline of how to start a book club and create thought-provoking discussion questions.

Book Club How-To's
http://www.spl.lib.wa.us/booklists/bookclubs.html
From Seattle Public Library, another resource for beginning groups.

Book Muse Book Group Tips
http://www.bookmuse.com/pages/common/additional_sections/bookgrouptip.asp
Tips include how to choose books, decide on a location for the group to meet, and help for leaders in preparation for the discussion. Group dynamics and the special aspects of parent/child groups is also here.

Multnomah County Library's Resources for Book Groups
http://www.multcolib.org/books/groups/resources.html
This library offer lists of book resources followed by web links for author info, book reviews, online discussion sites, and book group questions & answers.

Reading Group Center
http://www.randomhouse.com/vintage/read/tips.html
Much information on starting and elading a group, discussion tips, and alternatives to fiction discussions, like a poetry night, theatrical tie-ins, and reading on a theme.

Reading Group Choices

http://www.readinggroupchoices.com/
Advice for group leaders and getting a group started; many discussion guides. The emphasis here is primarily on newer books.

ReadingGroupGuides.com
http://www.readinggroupguides.com/
You can find advice and ideas on starting and running a group, choosing what to read, tips on how to liven up your discussions-- even recipes from discussion groups! There are also guides for books new and old.

Web Link to Online Book Discussion Groups
Book Discussions: Finding a Book to Read
http://www.sat.lib.tx.us/Fiction/fictionibookdiscuss.htm
Assembled by the San Antonio Public Library, this site furnished online groups for general fiction and specialized fiction discussions, and an area on reading Group Guides.


North Coast Neighbors Share a Book is coordinated by the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System, 20600 Chagrin Blvd., Ste. 500, Shaker Heights, OH 44122 p.216.921.3900