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Pages Book Clubs

Have a look at anything related to our ongoing Pages Book Clubs. Be it for this semester or past semesters. It's all in one place!

So You Want to Be A Facilitator

We can't thank you enough for being interested in being a facilitator for one of our Pages Book Clubs.  These groups are great ways for our students to be exposed to new ideas and to get to know new people.

This guide is very much a work in progress, but you can find helpful tips to leading a book group conversation.  Both general tips and tricks, but also some specifics like how to deal with participants who talk to much, or participants who don't talk enough.  Take a look at what we have already.  If you have facilitated before and have anything you'd like to add please feel free to contact the Pages Book Club coordinator in the Library (Tamara Greer, and they will be happy to updated the guide with your input.

This semester we are opening up sign-ups so that they can take place online!  We will also have more limited spots available due to a couple of factors.  It is not necessary, but please let me know if you already have the book for the group you have signed up for.

With your help I'm sure we'll have another great semester for our Pages Book Clubs!

  • Choose one question at a time to toss out to the group.
  • Pick out a specific passage from the book description, an idea, a line of dialogue - and ask memebers to comment.
  • Choose a primary character and ask members to comment on him or her.  Consider things like:  Character traits, motivations, how he/she affects the story's events and characters.
  • Avoid the words 'like' and 'dislike.'  They can make other's feel defensive.  Talk about your personal experience instead.
  • Our main goal for Pages Book Clubs is the facilitate student student interaction - even if the discussion doesn't stay on track 100% of the time.
  • Work on 'ground rules' during your first meeting.  Letting the students come up with most or all of these will make it more likely that everyone will follow them.  Here are some suggestions:
    • No interrupting
    • Everyone gets a turn
    • No personal put downs
    • Be on time
  • Encourage asking questions
  • Have a great time and our students will to!

  • This page is specifically for people leading book clubs.  It has some really good guidance for first time facilitators.

  • This webpage officers some interesting suggestions, though as always you should pick and choose the things that you are comfortable with.

  • Who says that all book clubs have to be the same?  Even if you have facilitated for us before the book club for this semester doesn't have to be the same as last year, or even the same as the other book clubs we have this semester.

  • Take a look at these suggestions and see if any of these are ways you feel comfortable using to try and keep someone on topic, or to try and keep one person from monopolizing the conversation.

  • There are a couple of these articles that should come in very handy.  'Why and how to lead a discussion' and 'Tips on handling difficult situations' in particular might be helpful.  Keep in mind that a lot of these resources are for personal book clubs or those sponsored by public libraries.  We'll have to adjust the advice just a little bit for our needs.