“Talking about literature is not only about talking about literature. It is also examining one’s ideas, identities, thoughts, sense of self.” -- Christy Craig, PhD, assistant professor of sociology, Fort Hays State University
Many libraries administer one or more book discussion groups, create resources for book groups in their community, or provide meeting space for book discussions. This guide provides general information about book groups, and resources for starting and guiding book discussion groups, as well as bibliographies on facilitating book discussion groups and selecting titles to discuss.
During after-school and summer programs, BookUp connects middle- and high-school students with local authors and runs free reading groups designed to improve participants’ social, emotional, and literacy skills. Young people also interact directly with the local literary community through author visits and field trips to libraries, museums, and bookstores.
Promotes books, reading, libraries and literacy through its programs in Washington and by working closely with its Affiliate Centers for the Book in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas.