Reaching Forward: Walking Book Club

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Presentation for 2011 Reaching Forward. Danielle Henson & Nancy Haggard share tips and tricks to create your own Walking Book Club.

Presentation for 2011 Reaching Forward. Danielle Henson & Nancy Haggard share tips and tricks to create your own Walking Book Club.

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  • 1. WalkingTalking Eatingand More
    Yes! Book Clubs are Fun!
    Nancy Haggard & Danielle Henson
    Volunteer Coordinators
    Gail Borden Public Library District
  • 2. A Novel Idea
    City of Elgin approached Gail Borden Library to create a partnership
    No existing model
    Support staff chosen
  • 3. The First Step
    Choose a time and date
    Choose a walking route
    Choose titles
    Book Club in a Bag
  • 4. Gail Borden Leads the Way
    An evening of Firsts
    Instructional meeting
    Contact information
    Centre track rules
    Meeting and greeting
  • 5. Takin’ it to the Streets
    Library Advertising
    Library newsletter and website
    Plasma screen at library entrance
    In-house handouts
    Local cable interview
    Local events
    Farmer’s markets
    YMCA Healthy Kids Day
    Elgin on the Move
  • 6. In Step With Technology
    Playaway grant
    Other Formats
  • 7. Hitting Our Stride
    Walk then talk
    Building relationships
    Difficulty returning books “No shame, no blame” motto
    Different expectations than monthly club
  • 8. Going the Extra Mile
    Expanded activities
    Book swaps
    Approached by local organizations to start their own club
  • 9. Filling New Shoes
    New friendships
    New partnerships
    New way to book club
  • 10. A Club for Every Reader
    Gail Borden Public Library Book Clubs
    20s & 30s
    Great Books
    Book vs. Movie (for teens)
    Jane Austen
  • 11. Book Club Ideas
    What is your library doing?
  • WBC Booklist – Our Favs
    13th Tale by Diane Setterfield
    Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
    The Shack by William P Young
    Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
    Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney
  • 24. Sample BooklistBaking Book Club
    Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
    Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (Non-Fiction)
    Recipe Club by Andrea Israel
    With a Twist by Deirde Martin
    Eat Cake by Jeannette Ray
    Culinary Mysteries by Nancy Fairbanks
    Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries by Tamar Myers
    Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Child
    Elm Creek Quilt Series by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • 25. I love the format. We meet weekly, we walk and talk about our lives then we talk about the book and learn about other people’s lives! I love the friendships that I have made! -Jennifer
  • 26. It is awesome to exercise the mind and body. The friends I have made will last me longer than the books I have read. –Helga
  • 27. After the first meeting, bright sunny weather and witty conversation with intelligent, compassionate and amazing people, I was hooked! –Valerie
  • 28. Thank you!