July 27, 2017

Excited about Book Club Central? We are too!

ALA recently launched Book Club Central (helmed by honorary chair Sarah Jessica Parker) with Stephanie Powell Watts’ debut novel No One is Coming to Save Us. The unveiling of virtually any reading “short list” gives me life, and celebrity-led book clubs create particularly powerful buzz. Of course (if you’re like me) as soon as any big book club title is announced, I succumb to burning questions like “What can this pick do for book club fans at my library?” or “What if my book club isn’t interested in that particular book -- how can I still use this initiative to help my readers?” With that in mind, here are a few tips for promoting Book Club Central in your library.

  • After checking out the Book Club Central website, get the low-down on NoveList’s great book club resources for Connecting to Readers Through Book Clubs. You’ll find inspiring webcasts, book club-centric search strategies, and even a free printable bookmark showcasing some of Sarah Jessica Parker’s other favorite reads.
  • Share this mini-kit of printables that spotlight Book Club Central’s inaugural choice! The brochure features 11 other Book Club Best Bets for fiction lovers (for an even dozen), all chosen by NoveList RA pros. Create a display of the titles, and place copies of the brochure beside it; readers will love seeing the annotations about each book. Use the matching bookmark to give book club fans some ideas for future discussion-worthy reads: just tuck a bookmark into the group’s current titles on hold.

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Looking for even great book club picks? Check out NoveList’s new Book Club Best Bets lists under Recommended Reads.

A long-time genre fiction expert, Readers Advisory Librarian Kimberly Burton creates NoveList content for adult readers and the librarians who love them. Librarians: For RA tips, resources, and book club best bets, sign up for Kim’s Club Scene emails from the NoveList Book Squad.

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