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Archive for December, 2010

Tue, December 21st, 2010
This Is the Content of Our Winter, Pt. 1
Posted by: Neil Hollands

The staff book group at Williamsburg Regional Library met for our annual Christmas meeting, with the theme of books where a cold or icy setting played an important role. The resulting choices will induce shivers in more ways than one! Other book groups might experiment with some of the following titles of their own wintry […]


Sat, December 18th, 2010
Could Water for Elephants be the next Titanic?
Posted by: Misha Stone

EarlyWord posted the trailer to the theatrical adaptation of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, due in theaters in April 2011. After I watched it, I thought to myself, could Water for Elephants be the next Titanic? My book group discussed Water for Elephants two years ago, and when I read it I did not think […]


Sat, December 18th, 2010
Reindeer Games Answers
Posted by: Neil Hollands

In my last post, I posted some puzzles from one of my book group’s annual Christmas celebration. Here are the promised answers: The first list of items represented the Chronicles of Narnia in this order: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (a picture of Barry Sanders, a Detroit Lion for his entire career) The […]


Wed, December 15th, 2010
Push and Precious
Posted by: Gary Niebuhr

This month’s staff reader’s advisory training at my library was called Novels into Film.  I was the discussion leader so it allowed me to select the book Push by Sapphire and the film Precious.  It also allowed our staff to train on a genre we called Urban Fiction or Street Lit.  Our discussion included the fact […]


Wed, December 15th, 2010
Christmas Party and Reindeer Games
Posted by: Neil Hollands

Twenty-three members of the Williamsburg Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Group converged at my house last night for our 7th annual Christmas Party and Reindeer Games. I think it’s the sign of a healthy group when we get one of our biggest turnouts each year in the middle of the holiday season. These readers enjoy each other’s company, and […]


Wed, December 15th, 2010
Book swap
Posted by: Kaite Stover

I just heard a great idea for a year-end book group meeting. Book Swap. I won’t be doing a book swap this year since we have another activity planned, but it’s definitely on the calendar for next year and it doesn’t even have to wait until next December. Encourage everyone to come to the next […]


Mon, December 13th, 2010
Where Do Your Books Come From?
Posted by: Misha Stone

I am wondering how different groups get the books that they read over the year. Does your group use your library’s collection? (Which also probably means it has to be a title that your library has in sufficient quantities and doesn’t have a very long holds list.) Does your group read the newest titles and […]


Mon, December 13th, 2010
What's in a Name?
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk

My question to you this week, readers, is – Does your book discussion group have a name?  If so, tell us what it is and how you came to it. I’ve participated in groups with funny/cutesy names, library groups with descriptive names (“5 o’Clock Readers” pretty  much says it all, huh?), but mostly, groups with […]


Mon, December 13th, 2010
Book, a Destination
Posted by: Kaite Stover

My lunchtime book group doesn’t spend too much time bemoaning the state of the book. They are a tolerant lot and welcome any reader with any device. I never know how Jenn is going to bring her book to the discussion, sometimes it’s on her nook, sometimes she brings the audio CD, but usually she […]


Sat, December 11th, 2010
Trail Blazing Readers
Posted by: Kaite Stover

The Trail Blazers book group has called the Trails West branch of the Kansas City Public Library home for almost ten years. They started gathering to discuss reading in April of 2001. This eclectic band of readers are open to almost any kind of books (not too fond of horror, they freely admit) and have […]





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