AtoZ Blogging Challenge – (Book) Discussions

4 Apr

book-book-bindings-books-768125.jpgProgram Name: Page Turners

What: You don’t think I could go through the whole alphabet without talking about book discussions, do you? We’ve offered book discussions for all ages from 3rd grade through adults. I think book discussions work really well because you can create different book discussions for different interests or age levels. Fiction, nonfiction, early chapter books, social justice topics… whatever your community is interested in.

Where: Book discussions can take place in a small meeting room, on the library floor, at an outreach location and even on social media. They are so adaptable and can easily work in most library settings.

When: Again, book discussions are versatile, so they can be offered during any time of the year. And can be offered on a regular basis – once a month or can be special events to promote a specific title or series.

Who: As I said, we’ve offered book discussions for 3rd and 4th graders, middle school students (5th-8th grades), high school students and adults.

How: All you need is a facilitator who has created some questions to guide the book discussion as necessary and some space to meet. Promote the program on social media an din the library and you’re good to go!

Alternatives:

  • Book Discussion off-site – I’d love to offer a book discussion at a local bar or restaurant, maybe one geared toward millennials.
  • I’d also love to try a book discussion over social media. I’ve participated in book discussions online before and they’re fun, plus you can participate in your pajamas!
  • We’ve also tried read aloud programs for kids with some success – we read a short chapter book over 2-3 weeks, meeting once a week. I also offered coloring sheets, and scrap paper for kids to draw and craft while they were listening, which helped keep them from getting into trouble.

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

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4 Responses to “AtoZ Blogging Challenge – (Book) Discussions”

  1. Melissa Ann Paris (@magickislife) April 4, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    Book discussions are the best kind of discussions.

  2. jebjork April 5, 2018 at 5:17 pm #

    I really like the programme name.
    I remember from when I was in school (a long time ago now) and how I loved when our teacher read to us, while we were drawing or colouring.

  3. T.S. Valmond (D&S) April 9, 2018 at 4:47 pm #

    Been looking for a good online book discussion for years! When you find one let us know. Thanks for the post.

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