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ERIC Number: EJ786507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul-15
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
The Book Club Exploded
Hoffert, Barbara
Library Journal, v131 n12 p34-37 Jul 2006
One leader, 12 readers, and a few well-thumbed copies of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." That is all a book club once required, but this is no longer the case. This article describes how the runaway popularity of book clubs has brought with it a whole new set of possibilities. Thematic discussion? A fiction/nonfiction mix? Videoconferencing? Multimedia exploration? With these and other approaches, librarians nationwide are successfully restructuring chitchat about beloved classics or recent best sellers to deliver a richer and more vibrant experience for everyone. Buffed, blended, and hooked up to other media or to videoconferencing equipment, the current book club looks nothing like yesterday's modest tea party. As book clubs keep booming, more and more libraries will become happy hosts. The book club is not just a way to satisfy a few hard-reading patrons. It helps polish the library's image and build bridges to the entire community. In today's library, with groups large or small, book club talk is priceless.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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