October 6, 2022

Start a book club and #GetLibraryCarded this month

With the kids heading back to school and summer vacation and yard work winding down, fall is a great time to try something new with friends. Maybe a book club? If you’ve wanted to start a book club, but don’t know where to start, the library can help!

The first thing you’ll want to do is invite everyone in your book club to get a library card. September is National Library card subscription month, so it’s the perfect time! Already have a card? Next time you visit the library, take a selfie in your favorite section and post to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #GetLibraryCarded and #crcpl.

The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library (CRCPL) also has a special type of library card just for book clubs, so you can request multiple copies of the same book at once, and then each member can borrow a copy. on his own card when he enters. Request a book club card here: https://www.crcpl.org/bookclubcards

Next, you’ll want to choose a book to read. I recommend choosing books that are between 2 and 5 years old, so copies are more likely to be available from our library consortium. I also try to select books that the members of the book club would not have chosen themselves. If your book club prefers eBooks or eAudiobooks, check out the “hoopla Content Club.” Follow the Hoopla link on our website (www.crcpl.org), then find the “hoopla Content Club” link on the Hoopla page. Current and past selections include descriptions, discussion questions, and usually interviews with the author. Books in the Content Club collection are also guaranteed for instant payment, so there’s no waiting! E-books are also a great option if you are creating a virtual book club.

Since September 18-24 is Banned Book Week, you might also want to consider reading a banned or disputed book with friends this month. Reading and discussing why certain books are contested or banned is a great way to celebrate your freedom to read. Find more information at www.bannedbooksweek.org. Because there is so much discussion around frequently disputed books, it is often easy to find discussion topics when choosing banned books. (Although it can be difficult to get copies during Banned Books Month, as many people are looking for them then.)

Finally, it’s a good idea to have some discussion questions ready for your book club meeting. Sometimes people come to book club with so much to say that the moderator doesn’t have to do much to keep the conversation going. Other times, a few questions can help. Many books have discussion questions printed on the back of the book, on the author’s website, or on a book discussion website like www.LitLovers.com. Other times you will have to be creative and come up with questions yourself.

If you want to discover a book club without creating your own, you can also join one of ours! The CRCPL currently hosts two book clubs.

  • The Friends of Dorothy Book Club, in partnership with the First Capital Pride Coalition, meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Our next meeting will be on Monday October 3 and we will discuss Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu.
  • The Brown Bag Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon at the Paper City Coffee (47 S. Paint St). Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 21: The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner.
  • Book clubs are a great way to hang out with other bookworms. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating “BannedBooksWeek and #GetLibraryCarded this month.

Liz Gibbons-Camp is the Manager of Enrichment Services at CRCPL. She reads all of her book club books in audio form, usually at 2x speed. You can reach her at [email protected]