Running a Meeting
It’s a good idea not to have a book discussion that first meeting. Instead, talk about ground rules and what you hope your book club will become. Here are some things to think through beforehand:
- Will members be allowed to drop in when they feel like participating or will they be expected to attend regularly?
- What happens if a member hasn’t finished the book?
- How can members prepare before the meeting?
- And a key question: What’s the point of a book club?
Here’s a handout I gave my students our first week together:
Welcome to Book Club!
Here are some things you should know:
- In order to attend a meeting, you need to read the book. That’s it!
- Sometimes we’ll read a book about a boy. Sometimes we’ll read about a girl. If you are a boy, you CAN read about a girl and survive. I promise. Girls, same for you.
- To make Book Club as interesting as possible, it is good, though not required, to jot down things as you read. Here are some ideas:
- How does this book compare to others I’ve read?
- Three words to describe this book would be…
- If I were the main character, I would have…
- I was suprised/annoyed/happy etc. when __________ happened.
- I like this book because…
- I didn’t like this book because…
- My favorite character is _________ because…
- If I could change a part of the story, it would be ___________
- And important sentence in this story was _________ because…
- Any of your own ideas!
- You can get yourself a notebook to write notes in. You can write ideas on a scrap of paper. Where you write doesn’t matter.
- Come to the meeting with something to say! The more you say, the more fun the discussion. If you have a copy of the book, bring it along, too.
- Come as often as you like.
- Invite your friends!
- Challenge yourself to read a type of book you might not pick up on your own.
- Have fun!
I’m looking forward to our year together.