May 25, 2022

REEDSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY: Resources for book clubs through the library | Community

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Book discussion groups have become increasingly popular in recent years, with several celebrities hosting “book clubs” or touting monthly book picks. ‘Today With Hoda & Jenna’, Reese Witherspoon and ‘Good Morning America’ are just a few examples of those following in the footsteps of Oprah Winfrey, who first introduced book clubs to television in 1996. If you have a book discussion group, or want to start one, the Reedsburg Public Library can help.

The library can provide you with several copies of books from the impressive stock of the South Central library system. A first step may be to connect to the system’s LINKCat catalog to ensure that there are sufficient copies available of the chosen book for your group, as well as copies in special formats such as large print or sound recording, which you may need. If the answer to these questions is “yes”, you can call the library at 608-768-7323 or email [email protected], to request multiple copies, which is not possible on the LINKCat’s public interface. If the books are currently available, they should arrive at the library in a few days.

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If you’re looking for titles for your book group, you can also check out Madison Public Library’s Book Club Kits at madisonpubliclibrary.org/reading-and-viewing/kits. The Madison Public Library has collected over 400 kits that can be loaned to individuals. Each kit contains at least eight copies of a questionable book, along with questions for the group. You can call the Madison Public Library directly to request a kit and have it delivered to the Reedsburg Public Library, for a four-week payment period. Recent additions to the collection include “The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse, “We Are the Brennans” by Tracey Lange and “The Sweetness of Water” by Nathan Harris.

Other sources of ideas for your reading group may include the “Book Clubs” section of “BookPage,” a free publication available at the library, as well as many websites such as readinggroupchoices.com or bookmovement.com. We also encourage you to review current and past selections from the Reedsburg Public Library Book Club at reedsburglibrary.org/book-group. Many websites also offer discussion questions about books, including readinggroupguides.com.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the rescheduled “10 Steps to Planning a Smart Garden” program presented by Megan Cain at 6 p.m. on March 24 in the Library Community Room. Cain, the Madison area “Creative Vegetable Gardener”, is the author of “Smart Start Garden Planner” and “Super Easy Food Preserving”, as well as an extensive website and blog.

For more information, call the library at 608-768-READ (7323) or email [email protected]

The Reedsburg Public Library is located at 370 Vine Street in downtown Reedsburg. The library is open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Reedsburg Public Library is located at 370 Vine Street in downtown Reedsburg. The library is open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.