Maybe your New Year’s resolution for 2013 went something like this, “I’m going to take time to read more this year!” With that thought in mind, you downloaded a book onto your brand new Kindle, dusted off your library card and headed to the library or picked up that book that’s been gathering dust on your bedside table for a year and started reading. Now, it’s the middle of January and your library book is overdue, your Kindle needs charged and the winter premieres of you favorite shows demanded more attention than your paperback. How do you get back on track?
One way to challenge yourself to read books is join a book club. A book club is a gathering of people who have all read the same book. These gatherings can be as simple or complex as you make it. Some book clubs serve food and beverages, some don’t. Some take turns meeting in each other’s homes, some meet at a local restaurant or coffee shop. Or the local library, like the one that meets in our meeting room every third Tuesday of the month.
If you can’t make it to the library for our book club, maybe you’d like to start your own. You could start a book club at work with your coworkers and once a month discuss the book over lunch. Host a book club in your home or in your church.
The Nebraska Library Commission has many resources available for book clubs. Visit the “Resources for Book Club Groups” on the Commission’s web page by clicking here. This page has book club guides, links to blogs by other book clubs, and online webinars on how to start a book club.
Book club kits are available from the Nebraska Library Commission and from our local Northeast Library System. These kits contain numerous copies of a book so no one has to spend money to be a part of the book club. The Stromsburg Public Library can order these kits for you as well as submit Inter Library loan requests for additional books. We’d be glad to help you! A book club is a fun way of reading more in 2013.