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Book Discussion Groups: One Book Programs

Resources for libraries--or others--seeking to establish a book discussion group.

Common Reading, or, "One Book," Programs

Most book groups have a rotating selection of books. However, a number of cities, schools, churches, organizations, and even conferences have used the "One Book" model as a start for discussing books. Extensive resources for such programming are available from the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the American Library Association Public Programs Office.

Resources for planning a community read

  • Elizabeth Michaelson Monaghan. "One Book, Well Done." Library Journal, September 1, 2014, p. 30-32.
  • Beth Dempsey, "One Great Idea: Why Your Library Should Get on the One Book, One Community Bandwagon." Library Journal, September 1, 2009, p. 19-22.
  • Pamela C. Jewett, Jennifer L. Wilson, and Michelle A. Vanderburg. "The Unifying Power of a Whole-School Read." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Vol. 54, no. 6, March 2011., p. 415-424.